A man who allegedly raped a developmentally disabled woman on a Metro bus last week pleaded not guilty to rape charges in court Wednesday.
Kerry Trotter, 20, was arrested Friday for allegedly raping an 18-year old mentally ill woman as both rode a Metro bus near Culver City last week. He has been charged with forcible rape, rape of an incompetent person and two counts of sexual penetration of a foreign object, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office says.
Prosecutors allege that Trotter followed the woman to the back of the bus where she sat after she'd boarded near the intersection of La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards, and attacked her there.
L.A. County Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Dan Scott said that because she was scared the woman did not scream, say anything, or fight off her attacker. The bus was not crowded and the man raped the woman as she sat down.
“So unless you were close up or watching you may not know what he’s doing and you may think that two people are just interacting or whatever,” Scott said.
After local TV news stations carried the suspect’s image taken from bus surveillance video, someone called detectives with a tip that led deputies straight to Trotter’s home in South Los Angeles.
Detectives say Trotter has a criminal history of assaults. He was on probation for grand theft, the DA’s office says.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge set his bail at $285,000. His next hearing is on Nov. 21.