Uber driver found guilty of sexual battery

Updated: Mar. 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- After deliberating over the span of two days, the jury in the trial of an Uber driver accused of rape returned a verdict Friday afternoon.

The panel found Gary Kitchings guilty on five of six counts. He was found not guilty on one charge of sexual battery with a deadly weapon.

He was accused of sexually battering a passenger he drove home from SunFest last year.

During the trial, the jury heard testimony from the accuser who testified that Kitchings assaulted her In both the car and then at her house and threatened her with a gun.

Kitchings testified in his own defense and said that the sexual encounter was consensual.

His sentencing is scheduled for May 18 at 9 a.m.

After nearly 9 hours of deliberations, jury finds former Uber driver Gary Kitchings guilty of sexually assaulting a passenger he drove home from Sunfest last year @WPTV

They found him guilty on all charges except one count

Story updated to clarify Kitchings was found guilty of sexual battery not assault.

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