Gary Kitchings talks with a public defender in court Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Kitchings is charged with kidnapping, sexual battery and burglary. The Uber driver is accused of sexual battery on a female customer in his car and then again after he arrived at her home. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
In the days after an Uber driver was arrested for allegedly raping one of his riders in Jupiter , many have had questions about the service’s safety.
On May 7, Jupiter police arrested Gary Kitchings, 57, on charges of kidnapping, burglary and sexual battery after a 37-year-old woman reported he assaulted her in a ride from Sunfest.
The woman sat alone in the car in the front seat when he made advances at her, according to police. He then forced her to perform a sex act, threatening her by saying he had a gun underneath his seat, investigators said. When he dropped her off at her residence in Jupiter, she said he followed her in and raped her in her bedroom.
Kitchings is also a father of an adopted child and a “house parent” at the KidSafe Sanctuary in suburban West Palm Beach.
Many asked how someone accused of such a […]