A former driver for two popular ride-sharing services was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and three years probation after he admitted exposing himself to one female passenger and groping another during rides in North County earlier this year.
Vista Superior Court Judge Michael Popkins also ordered Jeremy George Vague, 37, to register as a sex offender for the incidents, one of which was made public when Vague was arrested in September. That arrest prompted other women to come forward with accusations.
On Dec. 1, the San Marcos man pleaded guilty to a felony count of false imprisonment as well as to two misdemeanor charges — sexual battery and indecent exposure. The misdemeanors are the two offenses that landed Vague on the sex-offender registry.
During Thursday’s hearing, Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty called Vague “a sexual predator and an opportunist.”
Defense attorney Sean Leslie, told the judge that Vague — a married father of two — was ashamed and remorseful for his actions, and was taking “full responsibility.”
“He’s crying as we speak,” Leslie said as he looked at his client. “He is so ashamed of what he has done.”
Popkins said he took the case “very seriously” and that Vague “took advantage of young girls.” However, he said, jail was more appropriate than prison.
“I decided the case was an opportunity for Mr. Vague to be supervised on…
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