A registered sex offender accused of callously groping a woman in Pacifica last year as she was dropping her kids off at daycare pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor sexual battery and faces two years in state prison, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Jeremy Flynn Castro, 25, of Pacifica, attacked the woman on the morning of Dec. 23. The woman had just dropped her kids off when Castro came up behind her and grabbed her, Wagstaffe said. As he held onto her, he grabbed her breasts and between her legs over her clothing.
The woman screamed and fell to the ground as she struggled to get free, Wagstaffe said, and she sustained many scrapes and bruises. Castro then fled the scene.
The victim called police and officers found Castro nearby and apprehended him after a brief chase. First, he told police that he thought the victim was his wife, and then he told them that it was just a prank he learned on YouTube, before he reportedly came clean with the truth, Wagstaffe said.
Castro was on probation already for a similar incident in San Francisco. As a result of his current charges, there is a motion to revoke his probation, and once his case in San Mateo is resolved, a bench warrant for his arrest will likely be issued, San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.
He remains in custody on $100,000 bail and will return to court July 10 for sentencing. He faces up to two years in state prison under the terms of the plea agreement.