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Cabbie sex offender remains at the wheel

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12:31 CEST+02:00
A taxi-driver in Uppsala in central Sweden who was convicted of sexual harassment against a woman passenger last autumn can continue to drive his cab after appealing the verdict, despite two more reported offences.

“I think it is terrible, he really shouldn't be allowed to drive a taxi considering what has happened,“ said Johanna Olsson, one of the man's victims to the broadcaster TV4.

In January, Olsson was returning home after undergoing surgery at Enköping hospital. Suddenly the cabdriver put his hand on her chest and tried to let it wander down towards her groin.

Olsson tried to protect herself from the man's roaming hands but she was weak from the operation and in severe pain.

“I was in a taxi with a man I didn't know and I had no idea what he was capable of, so I was terribly frightened,” she told TV4.

She is shocked that he can continue to drive a cab considering the charges against him.

But at the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) they say that there is little they can do.

“Before we can revoke a taxi licence the verdict has to gain legal force, which usually takes about three weeks. If the verdict is appealed we have to wait until the second verdict gains legal force,“ Rolf Arbin of the agency told the broadcaster.

Since harassing Johanna Olsson the man has yet again been reported. This time he allegedly groped and made sexual advances towards a severely ill woman in her seventies who was returning home from Uppsala hospital.

“The worst thing is that he is allowed to continue. No one knows how many women he has harassed,“ Olsson said to TV4.

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