Former Uber Driver Facing 19 New Charges - NBC 7 San Diego

Former Uber Driver Facing 19 New Charges

John David Sanchez pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday

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    A former Uber driver accused of raping a passenger is facing 19 new charges in San Diego County after El Cajon police found other alleged victims, including a 13-year-old.

    John David Sanchez, 52, is accused of raping a vomiting, intoxicated female passenger in February and sexually assaulting five other victims between 2011 and 2014.

    A spokesman for the district attorney's office said there are a total of seven victims in the case. Four have been identified by police, but three remain unidentified.

    Prosecutor Kerry Conway said Sanchez is accused of being a serial rapist, with his youngest alleged victim only 13 years old.

    The charging documents indicate Sanchez may have recorded his alleged crimes and saved the videos.

    The new charges include a count of performing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, trying to prevent a witness from reporting a crime and employment of a minor to perform prohibited acts.

    A deputy district attorney told NBC 7 the final count pertains to the production of child pornography.

    "Anytime we see charges like this, even if it's one victim, we take it very seriously," Conway said. "When we see cases where there are multiple victims over this type of time frame, that is something that is taken very, very seriously by our office."

    NBC 7 has learned Sanchez worked as a DJ and ran a "video production and distribution" company. 

    Sanchez pleaded not guilty to the new charges. He is being held on $1 million bail. He faces a maximum of 37 years and four months in prison, if convicted on all the charges.

    Sanchez's attorney, Peter Blair, said his client denied all charges. Blair said he couldn't comment further until he reviewed the discovery materials in the case.

    Sanchez was first arrested March 29 and was terminated from Uber immediately. He pleaded not guilty and posted bail.

    The ride-hailing company issued a statement after Sanchez's initial arrest, saying "Uber takes safety incidents like this very seriously" and has "been working closely with law enforcement."