Nashville cab driver found guilty of raping passenger - WKRN News 2

Nashville cab driver found guilty of raping passenger

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Davidson County jury found a cab driver guilty of raping a Franklin woman in November 2009 on Tuesday.

The then 27-year-old victim previously reported to police she was leaving a Hillsboro Village area bar when she called a cab, which was driven by Joseph Newton, to take her home.

Newton is said to have taken the young woman to an area near Hillsboro Road and Interstate 440 and raped her inside the cab on November 18, 2009.

The cab driver was taken into police custody after he arrived back in the United States on a flight from his home country of Ghana, Africa several months later.

Prior to leaving the country, Newton was interviewed by detectives and allowed a sample of his DNA to be taken.

Police said Newton denied any knowledge of the victim or a sexual assault.

The victim was able to identify Newton from a photo array.

Newton is scheduled to be sentenced on November 7.

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