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Uber driver gets 22 years for the rape of a passenger in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – An Uber driver has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for raping a woman he drove home from a concert in Florida.

News media report that a 58-year-old Gary Kitchings was sentenced Wednesday in Palm Beach County. He was convicted in March of sexually 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 sexual acts in his car and in her house.

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

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