A man who sexually attacked two teenage girls he was giving a fare to has been sentenced.
Arpan Duggal,27, of Timperley, Greater Manchester was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault.
At Manchester Crown Court,he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.Duggal was employed as a taxi driver at the time of the incident.
The victims,aged 13 and 14,were provided with his number by a relative of one of the girls,who informed them his nickname was ‘Johnny’, and he would give arrange lifts for free.
On 24 April 2011,they called his number and asked to be picked up from the Northern Moor Area and taken to Fallowfield,a short distance of under 3 miles
As the journey progressed,Duggal felt one of the girl’s legs and quizzed them both if they had boyfriends.
He then stopped his vehicle on leafy Palatine Road and told the girls to swap seats.
When they arrived at the address in Fallowfield, one girl left the car and Duggal locked the other in his car and sexually assaulted her.
In the beginning, neither girl reported the attack but did when Duggal began harassing one of them by text and calls they informed police.
Detective Constable Charlotte Owens, of the Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Duggal has used the ploy of offering free lifts to get the girls in his car.
“When he did he sexually assaulted them.
“I hope the victim’s take some comfort from knowing he has now been sentenced."