Ex-Uber driver accused in 5 new rape cases

Criminal complaint alleges videotaped sex acts with teen, disabled woman

By Pauline Repard | 4:06 p.m. May 25, 2016 | Updated4:39 p.m.

EL CAJON — A former Uber driver suspected of raping a passenger in February was arrested again Tuesday after detectives turned up five more alleged victims in the suspect’s past, including a 13-year-old who was videotaped in a sex act, El Cajon police said.

John David Sanchez, 52, of San Diego, was booked on 20 sex-related charges that include nine counts of sexual assault on an unconscious or intoxicated person. Other counts involve sex acts with the girl and a disabled woman in a medical institution, shown in a video.

“They wanted him off the streets as fast as possible,” police Lt. Rob Ransweiler said of investigators who arranged for Sanchez to surrender to them at Central Jail in downtown San Diego.

Ransweiler said none of the newly discovered victims was an Uber customer, but he declined to say how Sanchez met them. The assaults on the five spanned a period from 2007 to 2014, some depicted in videos.

He said “the potential is high” that there are additional victims not yet identified.

Sanchez’ Facebook page says he is or was a disc jockey, the owner of JS Productions since 1999, and shows photos of him apparently working at parties or clubs.

The investigations began with the alleged attack on the intoxicated female Uber passenger on Feb. 26. The Uber company fired Sanchez that day and he was arrested about a month later. He spent two days in jail, then posted bail, Ransweiler said.

Sanchez was not arraigned in that case.

Ransweiler said detectives then found the five other victims, who had never reported being assaulted. He did not say how they were found, or why they agreed to come forward at this time.

The District Attorney’s Office filed an amended complaint against Sanchez on Monday, setting out charges involving all six alleged victims. Most were said to have been unconscious from drugs or alcohol and incapable of resisting.

Sanchez is alleged to have assaulted one women on April 3, 2013, another on Aug. 17, 2011, and a third some time after March 11, 2007.

He is accused of sex acts on the 13-year-old on May 31, 2013 and involving the girl in a sex act on an “unknown female” who was seriously disabled and medically incapacitated in a medical facility. The teen also was victimized on Oct. 8, 2014, and furnished with an anti-depressant, the complaint says.

Another allegation involved trying to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime after the Feb. 26 incident.

Ransweiler said investigators are still trying to determine if any of the four victims who are now adults were under age at the time of the alleged assaults.

 

Pauline Repard

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