Wichita Cabbie Convicted Of Rape Was On Rregistry

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A lawsuit says a Wichita cab driver convicted of raping a passenger should have been denied a taxi license because he was on a state sex offender registry when he applied.

The Wichita Eagle reports Bryon Scott Spohn was sentenced to 48 years in 2013 for raping a passenger.

He had applied for a taxi driver's license in late 2012 when he was on a state sex offender registry for possession of child pornography. A city ordinance that went into effect in July 2012 says a taxi driver's license shall not be issued to anyone who's been registered as a sexual offender.

City officials say the change banning registered sex offenders was new when Spohn applied and hadn't been communicated to staff. The city says it's fixed that problem.

Posted by Greg Palmer