- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless parolee who was charged with raping a woman in the back of a public bus as it drove through Los Angeles has pleaded no contest to lesser charges.

Kerry Trotter, 21, entered the plea Wednesday to felony sexual battery and a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. He initially faced rape and other charges that could have sent him to prison for two decades.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1kz0Rlj ) says it’s not immediately clear what sentence he will face at a May 21 hearing.

Prosecutors said Trotter, a recently released parolee with a long criminal history, attacked an 18-year-old developmentally disabled woman in the back of a Los Angeles County Metro bus in November 2012.

Authorities said the 10-minute attack went unnoticed by the driver and several passengers as the bus made two stops on its way to Culver City.

The victim, a special education student, had the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, authorities said.

She was returning from school at the time and had only recently been allowed to ride the bus on her own, the Times said.

She didn’t yell or scream during the attack because she was afraid for her life and “she was shocked and didn’t know what to do,” county Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said during the investigation.

She notified the driver of the attack after Trotter left the bus. He was later arrested after an anonymous tip by someone who saw an image from a surveillance camera.

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