Lawsuit filed after driver with 64 prior convictions sexually abused woman with disabilities

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A lawsuit was filed against a former CDTA driver.

According to a lawsuit filed against CDTA and Advantage Transit, an Albany woman with disabilities was sexually abused in 2014 by the driver of a Star CDTA Advantage Transit Taxi.

CDTA contracts with Advantage Transit.

45-year-old Michael Bennett was convicted of sexual contact with an adult incapable of consent and endangering the welfare.

Court documents show Bennett has 64 prior convictions, including two felonies and has been in and out of jail for decades.

The victim’s attorney says Bennett was driving a CDTA Star Program taxi contracted with Advantage Transit on November 5, 2014. He says his client was sexually assaulted while Bennett drove her to the Wildwood Day Program in Guilderland, a program that serves those with mental disabilities.

The lawsuit claims the disabled woman was forced to watch pornography by Bennett and that he sexually assaulted her.

Colonie Police arrested Bennett and he is now serving time in jail for the crime.

The lawsuit alleges that CDTA was negligent in hiring and supervising Bennett who was still on parole at the time and has an extremely violent criminal history.

CDTA says they cannot comment on pending litigation. In a statement from Advantage Transit, the company says an instant crime computer searches through various agencies revealed that Bennett had two prior convictions for which he served time and was released. They also say a pre-employment search of the sexual offender database returned no adverse information.

Documents say there was video of this incident.

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