A man accused of an attempted rape of a 77 year old South Bay woman entered a not guilty plea at Torrance Court on Wednesday. Duncan Aaron Walton is accused of attempting to sexually assault the elderly woman at her Redondo Beach apartment complex before she was able to escape. Police arrested Walton shortly after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor who overheard the struggle. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Walton is charged with 3 felony charges of kidnapping to commit rape, assault with intent to commit rape, and elder abuse.
Walton’s sentencing exposure will be significant if he is convicted as he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole on the kidnapping to commit rape allegation under California Penal Code 209, and/or lifetime sex offender registration if his criminal defense attorney is able to secure a sentence of probation.