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Halifax taxi driver charged with sexual assault of passenger

FILE - A Halifax taxi driver has been charged with sexual assault. File / Global News

A Halifax taxi driver has been charged with sexual assault after an alleged incident over the weekend.

Halifax Regional Police say they responded at around 5:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of a sexual assault that had recently taken place. According to police, a woman had been driven to a residence in Halifax by a taxi driver, who allegedly sexually assaulted her in the vehicle.

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Officers arrested a 36-year-old Halifax man at around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon. The man has been charged with sexual assault, and has been released from custody. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date.

Police say they are not releasing the address where the incident occurred in order to protect the identity of the victim.

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“Our primary focus is always going to be the victim and we want to make sure that we take that victim-centred approach,” Const. John MacLeod said.

“We want to make sure we take full consideration of their privacy, so we don’t do anything to further traumatize them.”

The Halifax Regional Municipality, which regulates the city’s taxi industry, said the taxi driver’s licence has been suspended as of Monday.

— With a file from The Canadian Press

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