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A former Uber driver was found guilty Thursday of raping a drunk female passenger after picking her out from Pennsylvania’s casinos earlier this year.
Ahmed Elgaafary, 27, of Lansdale, Pa., was convicted of the rape of an unconscious person, sexual assault and indecent assault.
Ahmed Elgaafary (The Associated Press)
The Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Elgaafary, will be sentenced at a later date, then it is most likely to be deported to Egypt, where he also holds citizenship.
Elgaafary picked up the women at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, northwest of Philadelphia, last February. According to the prosecutor, Vincent, Robert Cocco, a 15-minute drive from the house, turned into a 53-minute journey, during which Elgaafary was the passenger in his back seat. Cocco added that Elgaafary brought to the attention of the woman in the long run and tacked on an extra $150 for the vomiting in the car.
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“They have been,” Cocco said. “He knew that she was in a vulnerable position. He knew that she was alone. He knew that she was too drunk.”
Elgaafary acknowledged on the witness stand, that the woman was drunk. But his lawyer said the sex was consensual, and that the Elgaafary a lie, because he doesn’t want to admit to cheating on his pregnant wife/
“He was cheating on his wife,” Melissa Berlot McCafferty had told the jury. “He’s not a rapist. He’s not a crook.”
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The victim said that she remembered nothing after leaving the casino around 2 in the morning, but wake up the next day with bruises on her inner thighs, and a feeling that something bad was going on. She was taken to a hospital for a rape kit.
After the court’s ruling, Uber officials have condemned the driver’s behaviour, and said that he was “permanently removed” as an employee.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.