WEST CHESTER — An Uber driver has been charged with rape following an eight-month investigation by Chester County law enforcement authorities.
Ahmed Moustafa Elgaafary, 26, of Lansdale, was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault as a result of an incident that was reported on Feb. 10, 2018.
State police at Embreeville said Egaafary was working as an Uber driver when he got a call to arrive at the Valley Forge Casino in Upper Merion. Egaafary picked up the female fare and transported her to a residence in Chester County.
Police said it was later confirmed that Elgaafary had sex with the female while she was unconscious, and without her consent.
An Uber driver from Lansdale, Montgomery County, has been charged with raping a passenger who was unconscious in his vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said.
Ahmed M. Elgaafary, 26, faces multiple charges, including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault without consent, and indecent assault of an unconscious person.
The alleged incident occurred Feb. 10 around 2:20 a.m., after investigators said Elgaafary had picked up the woman from the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia. At some time between the passenger entering Elgaafary’s vehicle and her arrival home in Chester County, police said Elgaafary allegedly had sex with the woman while she was unconscious.
Elgaafary is in Chester County Prison, unable to post $75,000 bail.
A report earlier this year accused Uber of urging women to handle sexual assault cases against the company’s drivers “behind closed doors,” rather than in the courts.
Another report from April said 103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse.
Uber has been experimenting with new safety measures in some cities as more reports of sexual assault and other crimes arise. In Los Angeles, for example, a new feature will provide 911 responders information when an emergency call is dialed from the Uber app.