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UPDATE: Sexual Assault Suspect Kerry Trotter Charged with Rape and Other Counts

Trotter pleaded not guilty Wdnesday to one count each of forcible rape, rape of an incompetent person and two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object after allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled teenager on a Metro bus near Culver City.

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.
Kerry Trotter, 20, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to one count each of forcible rape and rape of an incompetent person and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.

He was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $285,000 bail pending his next appearance Nov. 21 at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles.

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A man suspected of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled 18-year-old woman aboard a Metro bus  was charged today with rape and other counts.

Kerry Trotter, 20, was expected to be arraigned this afternoon on one count each of forcible rape and rape of an incompetent person and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.

Trotter, who is on probation for grand theft, faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Trotter was arrested around 6:30 a.m. Friday at a home in the 1400 block of West 99th St. near Normandie Avenue in South Los Angeles, according to Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He allegedly raped the woman, who has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, at 5:10 p.m. Nov. 7.

Sheriff's detectives said the woman and suspect boarded the bus at the same time at La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards, and he allegedly followed her to the rear of the bus and sexually assaulted her.

Trotter got off the bus at Sepulveda Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in Culver City and the alleged victim reported the assault to the bus driver who contacted authorities.

Metro officials said surveillance video showed that about four or five other people were on the bus when the assault occurred.

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Rebecca Rona-Tuttle November 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Kerry Trotter may very well have committed the rape described in CC Patch articles. But what if he wasn't the person who actually committed the crime? Meanwhile, his name and photo are displayed prominently for everyone to see. Not every suspect is guilty. Not every defendent is guilty. I say, protect the possibly innocent. It might not be as satisfying or interesting for reporter or reader, but write a story that says an unnamed suspect has been detained and charged. Then wait for the trial and see what happens. Rebecca Rona-Tuttle
Kelly Hartog (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Hi Rebecca. Mug shots are by and large public record once a suspect has been charged and Trotter has indeed been charged. In addition, authorities released video footage of Trotter in an effort to apprehend him. The release of those images led to his arrest and Patch felt an obligation to release those images along with other media outlets in an effort to help authorities apprehend a suspected criminal in this neighborhood. If you read the original story you'll see that one of our readers also recognized Trotter from the still and contacted the authorities. How the public views Trotter is not going to be based on his name or mugshot, but rather on the charges against him. Releasing his name and image now is merely postponing the inevitable when both will be on display at trial, which will of course occur before he has been convicted or acquitted.
Jo-Ann Johnson December 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I agree with Rebecca. If you look closely at the shape of his head, it does not appear to be the same. He may have done it, but why convict him in the media? Prospective jurors and everyone else will see and make a preconceived decision.

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