Ex-Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger faces judge

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EL CAJON, Calif. – A former Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a drunk woman was charged with assaulting more women, including a 13-year-old girl, police said.

While  investigating the assault of a woman who 52-year-old John David Sanchez allegedly assaulted while she was a passenger in his car, El Cajon police detectives found evidence that might link him to seven other victims, including a 13-year-old.

Police identified at least seven more alleged victims. They said the crimes took place between 2011 and 2014 in San Diego, where Sanchez lives, Lt. Rob Ransweiler said.

Sanchez was originally arrested on March 29 and posted bail two days later. While awaiting trial for the one alleged victim, detectives obtained a new arrest warrant.

Sanchez, who is described as Hispanic man, 5-feet, 7-inches tall with wavy brown hair, surrendered to police at the San Diego County Jail on Tuesday.

Sanchez was booked on seven counts of rape of a minor and an unconscious person along with other felony sexual assault charges.

“Today Mr. Sanchez was arraigned on 19 additional charges in addition to the one he was originally arraigned on,” said Deputy District Attorney Kerry Conway.  “Most of those charges involve sexual intercourse or sexual penetration with unconscious females,”

The new victims do not appear to have any connection with Sanchez’s former employment as an Uber driver, Ransweiler said.

Uber has been cooperating with the investigation and suspended Sanchez when he was originally charged in late March. The company released a statement back in March:

"Uber takes safety incidents like this very seriously, and our thoughts are with the victim and her family. Uber immediately removed this driver-partner from the platform following our initial contact with the El Cajon Police Department. We have been working closely with law enforcement to assist their investigation."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mansour at 619-441-5513. Tipsters can remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 888-580-8477.

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