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Uber driver accused of raping passenger in car and at home after concert

Former Uber driver Gary Kitchings was sentenced to 22 years in prison for three counts of sexual battery and another charge of false imprisonment on June 13, 2018, for the rape of a woman in West Palm Beach in 2017.
Former Uber driver Gary Kitchings was sentenced to 22 years in prison for three counts of sexual battery and another charge of false imprisonment on June 13, 2018, for the rape of a woman in West Palm Beach in 2017.

A South Florida Uber driver is accused of raping a woman in his car and at her home after picking up the customer at a weekend music festival.

The woman told police that she ordered an Uber about 2 a.m. Sunday from West Palm Beach to get back to her Jupiter home, according to the Palm Beach Post. During the ride, Gary Kitchings, 57, began to “flirt” with her and then tried to fondle her, according to the report. She tried to escape, but said the Uber driver then raped her before dropping her off home, where he raped her again there, according to police.

The woman, hiding in a closet, called 911.

Police had an immediate lead on the case because the woman had his identifying Uber information from the ride-hailing service’s app.

Kitchings was arrested Monday on charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary.

“What the rider reported is deeply disturbing,” Uber said in a statement. “The driver has been removed from the app.”

Kitchings was an Uber driver for six months and also was a house parent at a foster home.

Three years ago, when he became a “cottage father” at Kid Sanctuary, Kitchings told WPBF that he and his wife had been foster parents for 18 years.

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