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Escondido police: Uber, Lyft driver sexually assaulted passengers

Posted at 9:05 AM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 21:40:18-04
SAN DIEGO – A 37-year-old San Marcos man is under arrest, accused of sexually assaulting several female passengers while he drove for Uber and Lyft. 
 
Jeremy Vague was arrested Sept. 16 and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on one count each of kidnapping, forcible sexual penetration and assault with the intent to commit a felony. He is being held without bail. 
 
The Escondido Police Department reports that Vague picked up several of the victims -- all between the ages of 18 to 19 years old -- while driving in north San Diego County.
 
Investigators believe there may be more victims that have not yet come forward. Anyone with information on the case should call police at 760-839-4932. POLICE FLYER
 
Vague has been suspended from both Uber and Lyft pending the investigation. Uber issued the following statement:
"There is no excuse for the violent acts described and reported to police. We are working with law enforcement officials to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been banned from accessing the Uber app."
Police said during a news conference that Vague has a criminal past outside of California, but not involving sexual assaults. They did not elaborate further.
 
Vague was arraigned Wednesday afternoon. He is being held on $260,000 bail and a judge ordered that he is not to coach at any school, and is not allowed to drive for any company.
 
News Conference: Escondido Police

Jeremy Vague's Past
 
Vague was a student athlete -- he was a second-team All-Coast Conference basketball player at Canada College in Redwood and set scoring and shot-blocking records for San Marcos High School, where he was twice named most valuable player, and for the Utah State University Aggies, according to the latter team's website.
 
Vague also coached girls varsity basketball at Calvin Christian School in Escondido for four years and JV boys basketball for one year. The school released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"Calvin Christian School was recently made aware of the arrest of Jeremy Vague. Jeremy Vague has coached at Calvin Christian for 5 years, but is not currently coaching or acting in any other capacity at Calvin Christian School. We do not publicly discuss personnel issues."