REDWOOD CITY (BCN)
A Bay Area real estate agent who was arrested for allegedly assaulting a prostitute at a South San Francisco motel in 2012 has pleaded no contest to one count of false imprisonment, prosecutors said.
David Patrick O’Mara, 47, entered his plea in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday in exchange for a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
According to prosecutors, O’Mara arranged for a 20-year-old prostitute to visit him at his San Francisco home through the escort website myRedBook.com on June 5, 2012.
O’Mara later claimed that during the encounter, the woman stole an iPad and $280 in cash, though she consistently denied the theft and O’Mara never filed a report, Guidotti said.
The following night, prosecutors said, O’Mara allegedly disguised himself and arranged to meet the same woman at a Travelodge in South San Francisco.
The victim let O’Mara into her motel room, where he allegedly assaulted her, punched her multiple times and bound her legs, feet and mouth with black duct tape, prosecutors said.
South San Francisco police went to the hotel after receiving reports of a woman screaming and entered the room to find the victim bound on the floor.
O’Mara was arrested at the scene, and prosecutors later charged him with several felonies, including false imprisonment, assault and battery.
The victim was treated at a hospital for moderate injuries.
O’Mara remains out of custody on $150,000 bail and is due back in court to set sentencing proceedings on July 12.
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