Uber driver faces more sexual assault charges

Posted at 12:04 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 15:04:57-04

An Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger earlier this year will face additional charges, including an accusation that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

John Sanchez, 53, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon, and 10News learned he is suspected in five other sexual assault cases.

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In late February, a woman told police that an Uber driver, later identified as Sanchez, sexually assaulted her while she was on a first date. Following the reported incident, Uber immediately suspended Sanchez and barred him from driving for the company.

After an investigation, Sanchez was arrested in March on suspicion of sexual assault.

Authorities told 10News that Sanchez now faces an additional five counts of rape of an unconscious person, charges of giving drugs to a minor and accusations that he told a victim or witness not to go to authorities.

According to authorities, all of the alleged attacks happened in the city of San Diego. However, investigators believe only the most recent alleged attack happened while Sanchez drove for Uber.

An Uber spokesperson told 10News the company did a standard criminal background check on Sanchez prior to hiring him. The spokesperson added that the company would not change their protocol in light of the new allegations against Sanchez.

"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," the Uber spokesperson said.