A former University of Central Arkansas student on Tuesday admitted he sexually assaulted a cab driver in September 2017.
Matthew Dendy, 37, reached a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to serve 5 years of felony probation and pay a $1,000 find after ultimately pleading guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony.
The case against Dendy stems from a Sept. 15, 2017, incident where he requested the 27-year-old cab driver to give him sexual favors and then proceeded to grab her inappropriately when she declined.
The victim picked Dendy up at the Alumni Circle on UCA grounds on the night in question. Dendy had requested to be dropped off at the Germantown Apartments. However, once the woman pulled up to the Apartment Complex, located along South German Lane, Dendy began harassing her, offering to pay her money to perform sexual acts on him.
The Conway man offered to pay the woman amounts ranging from $100, $500 and $1,000 to perform sexually explicit acts on her, according to the probable cause affidavit that was filed against him.
After refusing multiple times, the victim said Dendy then “reached over from the passenger seat and grabbed her vagina.”
“She then pushed his arm away, told him to get out, and then she sped off,” the affidavit reads.
When Conway police called the victim in to review a photo lineup following the incident, she was able to positively identify Dendy as the perpetrator.
Following the incident, Dendy is now a registered sex offender.
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