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Victim In Franklin Cab Driver Rape Speaks Out

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The rape victim of a local convicted local cab driver got her chance to speak out about the crime.

Three years ago, after having drinks in Hillsboro Village the victim flagged down a taxi cab.

"I told him the street to turn down and he did not turn down a street. He passed the street and kept driving," she said.

Instead, police said Joseph Newton drove the woman to a secluded area and raped her. In September, with the help of DNA, a jury convicted the West African native of rape.

During his sentencing hearing, the 49-year-old begged the judge to spare him prison time.

"I pray to you please don't take my life away. My wife needs me the most. My kids need me the most. My loved ones need me the most," said Newton.

The judge gave Newton an eight year prison sentence. He must serve it all.

His victim is happy he's off the street, but she believes it wasn't his first crime.

"I do think he's done this before. He knew exactly what he was doing, exactly where to take me," she said.

She advised other women who are traveling alone to never hail or flag down a taxi.

"What I would do differently is that I would call them in instead of flagging one down that way there is at least some type of record that someone got inside their taxi cab," she explained.

She also recommends writing down or texting to yourself or a friend the number on the cab. She knows it's unfair to other cab drivers, but she said she'll never trust another one.

"You know you don't know who you can trust even if you're flying into a city for vacation and need to get to your hotel and you're by yourself that's a challenge," she said.

She also encourages other women who have been attacked to come forward and speak out even if it's in front of a full courtroom.

On Wednesday, Newton told the judge he was innocent of the crime 100 percent. He said this even though his DNA was found in evidence taken from the victim when she was examined at a hospital.

Newton is married and has two children. His wife testified at the hearing, telling the judge her family depends on him. She asked for a lighter sentence.

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