Man Pleads Not Guilty to Raping Disabled Teen on Bus
Kerry Trotter, 20, is accused of raping a mentally handicapped woman on a bus. (LACSD / November 14, 2012)
Kerry Trotter, 20, is charged with one count each of forcible rape and rape of an incompetent person and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object in connection to the Nov. 7 incident.
Authorities describe Trotter as a parolee and a transient who had previously been investigated on suspicion of sexual assault.
"It was a crime of opportunity," said sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott. "Unfortunately, [the victim] was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He followed her onto the bus and assaulted her."
Scott added that detectives believed Trotter rode the buses looking for victims.
Trotter is being held on $285,000 bail.
He is due back in court Nov 21.
The assault happened around 5:10 p.m. last Wednesday on the No. 217 bus, just after the stop at La Cienega Blvd. and Jefferson Blvd.
Deputies said the victim was an 18-year-old female with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.
She reported that she and the suspect boarded the bus at the same time, and he followed her to the back, where she sat down.
The suspect, without any warning or provocation, then stood and faced her while positioning himself between her legs and sexually assaulted her.
Several passengers were on the bus when the suspect and the victim boarded, but some exited during the alleged assault.
One witness may have made attempts to alert the driver, Scott said.
But it was the victim, on her way home from school, who informed the driver of the alleged rape after the suspect had exited at Slauson Ave. and Sepulveda Blvd.
Scott said it "seemed reasonable" that people on the bus would not have known what was happening as the incident occurred.
"The suspect had his back to the front of the bus," Scott said. "People generally think of a rape as some kind of attack where someone's thrown down. It's not always the case."
Scott said the woman did not scream. "The victim told our detective that she was shocked, and didn't know what to do, and was in fear of her safety and her life."
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