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Pa. cabbie pleads guilty to sexually assaulting passenger

June 07, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Harrisburg, Pa., cab driver charged with attempting to rape a passenger last year entered a guilty plea to lesser charges Thursday in Franklin County Court.

Prince Kwaku Boateng, 37, was sentenced to three to 18 months in Franklin County Jail and another two years of probation on charges of indecent assault and unlawful restraint. He was scheduled to go on trial this week, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said.

Boateng was charged in an April 30, 2007, incident at the Travelodge on Lincoln Way East, according to the Chambersburg Police Department. That morning, a naked woman ran into the office screaming that she had been raped, police said.

Witnesses saw a man with dreadlocks fleeing the hotel in a taxi. One witness took a picture of the vehicle with a cell phone camera, while another wrote down the license plate number, police said.

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Boateng was stopped by police in Shippensburg, Pa.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that a New York woman took a bus to Harrisburg, then hired Boateng to drive her to Chambersburg for a court appearance. The cabbie told the woman he was tired and asked if he could sleep in her room for a while before returning to Harrisburg, police said.

The woman agreed, so long as Boateng paid part of the cost for the room, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police Boateng approached her, but she rebuffed his advances, police said. In the morning, according to what the woman told police, Boateng attacked her, pulling off her clothes and choking her before she broke free.

Sulcove said the woman, who now lives in Florida, was ready to fly to Pennsylvania for the trial had it gone forward.

Walker broke with his tradition of immediate incarceration upon sentencing by allowing Boateng to report to the Sheriff's Office at "high noon on Monday" to go to jail. He warned Boateng, who is out on bail, that showing up late or intoxicated will result in additional days or months being added to his sentence.

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