REDWOOD CITY -- A 26-year-old Pacifica man pleaded no contest to sexual battery charges Tuesday after initially making up a story that his assault on a woman leaving a Pacifica child care center came from a YouTube prank he wanted to try on his wife, prosecutors said.
Jeremy Flynn Casto, a registered sex offender who works at a dry cleaning business, was convicted of the Dec. 23, 2013, assault on a Pacifica mom who was leaving her children's day care center on Manor Drive near Monterey Road, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The victim, a woman in her 30s, dropped her children off shortly after 9 a.m. and walked away down the sidewalk.
According to Wagstaffe, Castro came up behind the woman and held her tightly to his chest, groping her breasts and grabbing between her legs. The woman screamed and struggled before falling to the ground. Castro ran off down the street.
The woman received minor injuries in her fall and got up to call police, Wagstaffe said. Officers arrested Castro nearby after a brief chase, and he told them he had grabbed the woman because he thought she was his wife.
He went on to tell investigators that he was performing a prank he had recently seen on YouTube but eventually came clean and told them neither were true, Wagstaffe said. Castro, who registered as a sex offender following a similar incident in San Francisco in 2012, was taken into custody and booked on sexual battery and false imprisonment charges.
Castro's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
Castro pleaded no contest on condition he receive no more than 2 years in state prison for the crime, officials said. He will return to court July 10 to receive his sentence.