Former cab driver sentenced for sexually assaulting female passenger

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A former taxi driver has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a female passenger in Waikiki.

Last November, Enio Tablas was convicted of two counts of third-degree sex assault.

The victim said was walking home after a night of partying and Tablas offered her a free ride home. She told police that Tablas then took her to an isolated area and sexually assaulted her.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled he will have to serve five years for each offense, to run concurrently without probation.

“You clearly had a plan to target and lure this young woman alone, intoxicated. She was highly vulnerable,” Circuit Court judge Glenn Kim said.

Tablas apologized in court. “It wasn’t in my mind to put her through what I put her through,” he said. “I want her to know that I have a family, my kids. I came here looking for work, and I did find work, and I wanted to have my family come here.”

KHON2 normally doesn’t identify victims of sexual assault, but in this case, she wanted to speak.

“It’s been a long time coming and I’ve been waiting for this day since it happened to me. I can’t even describe the feeling that I feel right now. I feel free. I feel protected again,” said Kayla Rose. “I just want people to know that it’s okay to stand up and speak out when these things happen.”

Tablas is also awaiting trial for a separate case in 2014, in which he’s accused of sexually assaulting a passenger he picked up in Chinatown.

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