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Cabbie charged with sexually assaulting women

January 23, 2009 |  3:28 pm

Taxi Prosecutors today charged a taxi driver with sexually assaulting several women in his cab in the skid row area of Los Angeles.

Eric Lamont Clay, 37, was charged with seven felony counts related to attacks on four women, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Caroline Peck of the district attorney's Sex Crimes Division.

A licensed cabbie, Clay was arrested Wednesday night after a woman alerted police that he matched a composite drawing of a wanted rapist.

Clay was charged with one count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, five counts of oral copulation and one count of attempted oral copulation. The complaint alleges multiple victims.

He was being held on $1.28-million bail. If convicted, he could face up 82 years to life in prison.

—Richard Winton

Photo:  A taxi cab drives past a neon sign. Credit: Edouard H.R. Gluck / AP