A taxi driver convicted this week of raping a drunk passenger could receive up to 23 years in prison.
Jason E. Banks, 35, of Brooklyn Park, picked up the woman from a bar in Spring Lake Park in December 2013, according to the charges filed in Hennepin County. She was intoxicated to the point where she was no longer being served alcohol, and a cab was called for her, the charges said.
She remembered waking up in the back seat with Banks sexually assaulting her, the charges said. He dropped her off at her home. The next day, she went to have a sexual-assault exam performed.
Investigators identified the taxi company, Phoenix Taxi, as well as the specific cab that picked her up. GPS equipment from the cab showed that Banks left the bar in Spring Lake Park at 2:24 a.m. and stopped for approximately 25 minutes in Oak Grove. The trip concluded at 3:20 a.m. at her house in Anoka County.
Banks was identified and arrested. He admitted that he knew she was very intoxicated and told officers she was flirtatious, the charges said.
He denied having any sexual contact with her until officers informed him that they possibly had DNA evidence, the charges said.
Banks was convicted Monday of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He will be sentenced in October.
Banks has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for selling drugs, escaping from custody and robbery.