Uber driver to stand trial on 31 sex-related charges

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A judge ordered a former Uber driver Aug. 18 to stand trial on 31 sex-related charges involving five women and girls with whom he had sex while they were either unconscious, intoxicated, or asleep.

An El Cajon woman called police Feb. 26 after saying an Uber driver raped her after driving her home while she was intoxicated. El Cajon Police investigated and arrested John David Sanchez, 52, formerly of La Mesa.

A judge ordered a former Uber driver Aug. 18 to stand trial on 31 sex-related charges involving five women and girls with whom he had sex while they were either unconscious, intoxicated, or asleep.

An El Cajon woman called police Feb. 26 after saying an Uber driver raped her after driving her home while she was intoxicated. El Cajon Police investigated and arrested John David Sanchez, 52, formerly of La Mesa.

The investigation continued after they seized his computer and searched his home. They found numerous videos of Sanchez having sex with various women and girls, apparently while they were asleep, intoxicated, or unconscious. Sanchez apparently made the videos himself.

The videos were not played in court, but police Detective Ted Mansour described its content to El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson in the preliminary hearing.

Mansour testified a 23-year-old woman told him Sanchez asked her to say she was aware of a video depicting her when she was given alcohol while she was a minor at his home years ago. She had not been aware of any video. 

Thompson ordered Sanchez to appear Sept. 8 in court to set a trial date. The charges include rape, sex with unconscious or intoxicated persons, employing a minor for sex acts, and furnishing drugs to minors. Sanchez has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail on $1 million bail.

Last two young people sentences in slaying homeless man

The last two of five East County young people who were involved in the beating death of a homeless man in Santee have been sentenced to four and three years in prison.

Brian Mitchell Kish, 20, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon upon Stephen Lee Hissom, 55, who died in November 2014. Kish received four years from El Cajon Superior Court Judge Herbert Exarhos.

Sarah Baillie, 19, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, received three years in prison. Both received credits of already serving 694 days in jail.

Exarhos ordered the pair to share payment of $5,162 to the victim’s compensation board. Also sharing in that same restitution figure are Tyler Scott Dare, 20, Danny Swan III, 20, and Cassidy Rowin, 19, who were previously sentenced.

Dare, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault on a deputy, received 13 years and eight months in prison on July 15. Swan, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, received 12 years. Rowin, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, got three years.

Man sentenced after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Geoffrey Hayden Sims, 34, has been sentenced to seven years and four months in prison for causing his passenger’s death after evading El Cajon Police.

Sims pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the Jan. 16 death of Kelsey Hauser, 25, who was shot to death at 3 a.m. by an El Cajon Police officer as Sims drove towards officers.

Sims also pleaded guilty to evading police with reckless driving and resisting an executive officer in the same incident in the 300 block of South Pierce St. 

El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein gave Sims credit for serving 236 days in jail and a status hearing for possible restitution was set in Nov. A murder charge was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the other charges.

He was driving a stolen car from Colorado, where both Sims and Hauser are from. Sims drove the stolen vehicle at 90 mph while on Interstate 8 during a police chase. He exited the freeway and drove onto a cul-de-sac. An officer fired four rounds at the car, killing Hauser and a dog on Sims’ lap, before the car rammed a police car.