Jury selection begins in Uber rape case

Jury selection begins in Uber rape case. (WPEC)

Jury selection began Monday morning for the Uber driver accused of raping a female passenger after a concert at SunFest last year.

Gary Kitchings, 58, entered the courtroom with his attorneys who immediately asked for a motion of continuance based on similarities of a trial in New York State which involves the victim. The judge denied the motion.

Kitchings faces a slew of charges including rape. He pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Police say 58-year-old Gary Kitchings raped a 37 year old woman, when she used the ride-sharing app to get him to take her home from SunFest.

According to arrest report the woman said Kitchings forced her to perform a sex act in his car as he drove her home, then followed her into her house and raped her there.

Kitchings has admitted the two had sex but says it was consensual.

Kitchings is married and he was a “house parent” at KidSanctuary in West Palm Beach, but was fired shortly after the alleged incident.

Chief Judge Krista Marx’s who is overseeing the case, told the perspective 56 juror pool that this will likely be a short trial. She expects it to wrap up by Thursday.

The judge has yet to rule on issues related to the alleged victim’s previous rape claims, and the possibility she may have worked as a prostitute.

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