Uber driver found guilty in Chester County of raping passenger

Jim Melwert
August 15, 2019 - 12:35 pm
Ahmed Elgaafary

Chester County District Attorney's Office

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — An Uber driver has been convicted in Chester County court of raping a passenger he picked up at Valley Forge Casino in February 2018. 

Ahmed Elgaafary, 27, showed no emotion as the verdict was read, guilty on all counts including rape of an unconscious person, and showed no emotion when his bail was revoked and he was taken into custody.

It took the jury of 10 women and two men just shy of three hours to reach the verdict.

During the four day trial, the victim testified she had no memory of leaving the casino or of the ride home, but woke up with a bad feeling. She got checked out at the hospital when she found out what should have been a 15-minute ride took 53 minutes, and she was charged $234.

The DNA matched her driver, who initially denied touching her until he was confronted with the DNA results.

Elgaafary took the stand and testified his accuser didn’t appear overly intoxicated, and it was her who invited him into the back seat where they kissed then had sex.

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But prosecutors pointed to his statement to police where he had to pull over on Route 422, where he said she threw up, then fell asleep on the side of the highway and he had to lift her back in the car.

During his closing, prosecutor Vince Cocco showed a photo Elgaafary took of the woman lying on his backseat with her eyes closed in a puddle of her own vomit. 

Elgaafary had taken the photo to send to Uber to collect a $150 cleaning fee. 

Cocco told jurors: The defendant needs you to believe that is the face of seduction.

An Uber spokesperson called the rape "appalling," and said they had cooperated with the investigation, removing Elgaafary from the app when the company learned of the allegations.