Ride-Hailing Driver Who Sexually Assaulted Teen Pleads Guilty

Ismael Gaspar booking photo
INDIO (CNS) - A ride-hailing driver who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Palm Desert after the two met during a ride pleaded guilty today to a half-dozen felony charges. Ismael Gaspar, 38, of Cathedral City faces a maximum of 16 years in state prison. He remains free on bond pending sentencing, scheduled for May 13 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Gaspar pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary and committing lewd acts with a child under 14 years old, and two counts each of oral copulation of a minor under 14 years old and providing a minor with a controlled substance. His plea was to the court and not as part of a deal with Riverside County District Attorney's Office, prosecutors confirmed. Gaspar's trial was abruptly stopped last month amid jury selection after he f
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