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Halifax taxi driver faces another sexual assault charge

A taxi driver accused of sexual assaulting a passenger in July turned himself in to police Tuesday in relation to another alleged sexual assault incident that happened in June.

Accused has 2 court dates in September relating to incidents in June and July

Police commend passengers for reporting the sexual assaults. (Getty Images)

A taxi driver accused of sexual assaulting a passenger in July turned himself in to police Tuesday in relation to another alleged sexual assault incident that happened in June. He is now facing additional charges.

Police arrested Milad Houssen, 44, when he turned himself into police headquarters on Gottingen Street. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8 in relation to a July 9 incident and on Sept. 27 to face an additional charge relating to a June 4 incident.

"We're so thankful to the victims involved in these cases for coming forward and having the bravery to tell their story and to give us the information we needed to bring somebody before the courts," said Const. Dianne Woodworth, public information officer of Halifax Regional Police.

Sexual assault reports

On June 4 at around 1:00 a.m., police say, a man driving a taxi around Grafton and Blowers streets picked up a 25-year-old female passenger. It's alleged the driver touched the passenger in a sexual way before dropping her off.

On July 9 at 2:50 a.m., police say, a taxi driver kissed and touched a 20-year-old woman in a sexual manner without her consent. In that incident, Halifax Regional Police found the driver and passenger and the driver was taken into custody without incident. A 44-year-old man from Halifax was charged with sexual assault.

It was during the investigation into the July 9 incident that investigators made a connection to the June 4 incident.

Woodworth says Houssen has been released on conditions.

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Anjuli Patil

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Anjuli Patil is a reporter and occasional video journalist with CBC Nova Scotia's digital team.

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