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News archive for January 11, 2013

Local taxi driver sentenced to jail

A former Whitehorse cab driver has been sentenced to 28 months in jail for sexually assaulting a passenger in late 2011. Rodrigo Torres was sentenced Thursday morning in territorial court.

By Ashley Joannou on January 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

A former Whitehorse cab driver has been sentenced to 28 months in jail for sexually assaulting a passenger in late 2011.
Rodrigo Torres was sentenced Thursday morning in territorial court.

The 41-year-old Mexican citizen, in the territory on a work permit, was convicted of sexual assault following a trial in October 2012.

He will be deported after he has served his time.

A judge found that Torres assaulted the intoxicated 23-year-old woman in December 2011 after she’d called for a cab following a night of drinking.

Torres drove into a bus turn-around, parked the vehicle and assaulted her, the court heard.

The woman, who cannot be identified under a court order, testified that she had blocked out much of what happened but that she is certain she did not want it to happen.

Torres insists the sex was consensual.

In his sentencing, Judge Michael Cozens said women have an expectation that they will be transported safely when they call a taxi company.

In Whitehorse, where the weather is cold and public transportation is limited, taxis are common, and people are encouraged to take them whenever necessary.

The drivers are in a position of trust, Cozens said.

Torres, who is originally from Puerto Vallarta, has family in both Mexico and Whitehorse.

He has no previous criminal record.

At a sentencing hearing in December, much of the time focused on whether Torres would be forced out of the country after he serves his time.

A sentence of less than two years would have given Torres a chance to appeal his deportation with immigration officials.

If someone is sentenced to two years or longer, that appeal is not an option.

With credit for the time he has already spent behind bars, Torres has about 22 months left on his sentence.

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Jan 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

20 years would have been better but at least the dirty #$%^&* is getting sent back to Mexico…they can have him back.

flyingfur

Jan 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Too bad we can’t deport him ahead of time so we don’t get stuck with the bill for this miscreant and he could serve time in a mexican jail instead on their dime.

lisa

Jan 13, 2013 at 12:59 am

Glad this person is being deported

not impressed

Jan 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

People in positions of trust should be held accountable, I am glad that he won’t be able to ruin another Yukon life with his brazen act of violence.

old driver

Jan 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

This is sad where is the industry going…as an old cabbie I am ashamed to see this happening maybe the city needs to be more carerfull about screening these people…and maybe we need to put a course in place to teach these people what will happen if this happens again

bobby bitman

Jan 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Good riddance.  Cab drivers need to be screened a lot better.  How did Rodrigo get into Canada in the first place?  Do you actually believe this is the first time he assaulted a woman?  Ya sure, at 41 years old, he decides that raping girls is a great idea.  Not likely that this is a first.  Histories are supposed to be checked.  Was his checked?  I think an investigation into his entrance to the Yukon and Canada is warranted.  Not all countries value or respect women as equals.  Look at what happened in India TWICE recently.

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