A Surrey man who sexually assaulted a woman who climbed into his mini-van, thinking it was a cab, has been sentenced.
Court records show 50-year-old Stephen Lee Schienbein has been sentenced to 20 months in jail after pleading guilty to sexual assault with a weapon.
He was also handed a 12 month probation order and a 10 year ban on owning firearms.
The assault happened in October of 2013, when a 25-year-old North Vancouver woman mistook Scheinbein’s van for a taxi.
As she was leaving the Gastown area around two AM, she hailed what she believed to be a cab in the 100-block of Water Street near Abbott Street, and got in.
She was driven to East Vancouver where she was severely beaten and sexually assaulted.
Police issued a public warning, along with CCTV footage in an effort to track down the attacker.
Stephen Lee Scheinbein was arrested a month later, after a witness eventually came forward with the van’s licence plate.