An Uber driver raped an intoxicated female passenger in Philadelphia and later charged her for vomiting in his car.
Ahmed Elgaafary, 27, was convicted on Thursday of raping an unconscious person, sexual assault and indecent assault.
Elgaafary, from Lansdale will be sentenced at a later date and then likely deported to Egypt, where he is a citizen, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
The driver picked up the woman at Valley Forge Casino Resort near Philadelphia in February.
Assistant District Attorney Vincent Robert Cocco told the jury that the driver stretched the 15-minute ride to the woman’s home into a 53-minute one to assault her in the backseat.
He charged her for the longer ride and for vomiting in his car, adding an extra $150, Cocco said.
‘She should have been safe,’ he said. ‘He knew she was vulnerable. He knew she was alone. He knew she was too drunk.’
Elgaafary’s lawyer, Melissa Berlot McCafferty, argued the sex was consensual. She told the jury the woman seduced Elgaafary and he initially lied rather than admitting he’d cheated on his pregnant wife.
‘He cheated on his wife,’ McCafferty said. ‘He’s not a rapist. He’s not a criminal.’
While he was on the witness stand, Elgaafary acknowledged that the woman was drunk .
The victim said she remembered nothing after leaving the casino around 2am but woke up the next day with bruises on her thighs and a feeling that something bad had happened. She went to a hospital for a rape kit.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement: ‘Defendant Ahmed Elgaafary, an Uber driver, was convicted today after a week-long trial of raping an unconscious woman, who he was supposed to be driving home as part of his job.
‘In the investigation, he first claimed no sex took place, then switched to a consent defense when the DNA from the rape kit came back to him.’
After the verdict, Uber officials condemned the driver’s conduct and said he had been ‘permanently removed’ as a worker.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Leah McDonald