WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jun 13, 2018, 3:03 PM ET

Uber driver gets 22 years for raping passenger in Florida


An Uber driver has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for of raping a woman he drove home from a concert in Florida.

News outlets report that 58-year-old Gary Kitchings was sentenced Wednesday in Palm Beach County. He was convicted in March of thee sexual battery counts and two other felony charges.

Kitchings is a former foster care provider who drove part-time for the ride-sharing service. He took the 38-year-old woman from SunFest in West Palm Beach to her Jupiter condo last May.

Prosecutors say Kitchings told the passenger he had a gun and forced her to submit to sex acts inside his car and in her home.

Defense attorneys contended the sex was consensual, and Kitchings testified that he was only guilty of cheating on his wife.

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  • Planet Earth

    And Uber wants to patent a way for drivers to know the passengers they're about to pick up are drunk

  • Lilium Inter Spinas

    The ole "she wanted it" defense! That's the one they go to when the victim goes to the hospital and they swab DNA from her body and take pictures of the injuries. Otherwise, the defense would have been "I never touched the lying psycho."

    There needs to be a law that all cabs and Ubers and Lyfts and "ride for money" arrangements must have a dash cam that records every ride. We have the technology to do so easily enough - the footage would only need be stored for a few days, so it can be pulled if there's any kind of problem.