Culver City, CA – Last week we reported on Kerry Trotter, the 20-year-old accused of raping an 18-year-old mentally disabled woman on a Los Angeles County transit bus. Yesterday he was charged with forcible rape, rape of an incompetent person, and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.
The victim, a teen with the mental capacities of a 10-year-old, boarded Bus Line 217 last week and made her way to the back of the bus. Trotter got on at the same time and followed the woman and began sexually assaulting the woman almost immediately after they had sat down.
“The suspect followed her to the rear of the bus where she sat down,” sheriff’s officials said. “The suspect, without any warning or provocation, stood and faced her while positioning himself between her legs and sexually assaulted her.”
Even though there were a few other passengers on the bus, and it was in broad daylight, the sexual assault lasted for 10 minutes. This was because the victim didn’t scream or try to alert anyone because, according to police, she was shocked and feared for her safety and for her life. Also, Trotter had positioned himself in such a way that it made it tough for anyone to see exactly what was happening.
“This individual was blocking the view of the victim, and based on people that have analyzed this — my detective — she feels it’s reasonable that there might have been suspicion but not enough to think there was a sexual assault,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Scott..
It wasn’t until after Trotter got off the bus that the victim approached the driver and reported the rape.
Trotter, who was already on probation for grand theft, was identified and apprehended within hours after video surveillance footage was released to the public. He was arraigned on Wednesday where he pleaded not-guilty to the rape charges. Trotter is being held on $285,000 bond and facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
It should come as no surprise that Trotter has a history of arrests for sexual assaults, but no convictions. The sheriff’s department says he allegedly rode buses looking for victims.