Uber driver faces deportation after convicted of raping Chester County woman

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Friday, August 16, 2019
Uber driver faces deportation after rape conviction
Uber driver faces deportation after rape conviction: as seen on Action News Mornings, August 16, 2019.

WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- An Uber driver faces deportation after he was convicted Thursday of raping an unconscious woman who he was supposed to be driving home to Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Prosecutors said on February 10, 2018, 26-year-old Ahmed Elgaafary of Lansdale, Montgomery County picked up the victim from the Valley Forge Casino.

They said Elgaafary, an Egyptian national, then sexually assaulted the intoxicated victim during the 55-minute drive home to Charlestown.

Uber driver from Lansdale charged with raping passenger. Vernon Odom reports during Action News at 5pm on November 2, 2018.

After the charges were filed last year, Uber issued the following statement:

"What's been reported is appalling. Our thoughts are with the rider and her family during this time. This driver has been permanently removed from the app."

The conviction came after a weeklong trial.

"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," Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan wrote in a Facebook post.

Hogan said Elgaafary will be sentenced at a later date and then deported to Egypt.