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Bus Driver's Trial Set to Begin on Sexual Assault Charges

Ezra Porter Jr., 51, of Upper Marlboro is accused of stopping a MetroAccess paratransit vehicle last year and sexually assaulting the lone passenger on board.

Ezra Porter Jr., 51, of Upper Marlboro is accused of stopping a MetroAccess paratransit vehicle last year and sexually assaulting a passenger on board. Credit: Screenshot from WJLA TV
Ezra Porter Jr., 51, of Upper Marlboro is accused of stopping a MetroAccess paratransit vehicle last year and sexually assaulting a passenger on board. Credit: Screenshot from WJLA TV

A former bus driver charged with sexually assaulting a woman passenger on a paratransit vehicle a year ago will likely head to trial in Prince George’s County this week.

Ezra Porter Jr., 51, of Upper Marlboro is accused of stopping a MetroAccess paratransit vehicle on April 19, 2013 and assaulting the only passenger on board as he was taking her to her home in Bowie, The Washington Post reports.

“During the transport, Porter allegedly pulled the vehicle over and threatened to harm her if she did not remove her pants,” according to a statement from the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. “Fearing for her safety, the victim removed her pants and Porter allegedly sexually assaulted her.”

Porter then took the woman home and her family contacted the police, Metro Transit Police said last year. The driver was arrested soon after the allegations were made.

Authorities said Porter faces one count of second-degree assault and several sex offense charges.

Porter worked for MV Transportation at the time of the alleged attack and had been a driver since November 2009, Metro officials said. MV Transportation was under contract to provide services for MetroAccess, which provides transportation to those who are disabled.

WJLA TV reported last year after the assault that in 2010 passengers complained that several drivers for MV Transportation had physically assaulted riders. After the complaints, drivers underwent more training on how to deal with the public.

Porter has not been allowed to work for MetroAccess since police investigated the assault allegations last year. 

Justin case April 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM
This guy is sick and needs to be taken out of society forever. Only a coward takes advantage of a disabled person who cannot defend herself. Lock him up and throw the key in the Chesapeake. There is no rehabilitation for a sexual predator. He will continue to be a cowardly sexual predator if left on the streets. If he tries that stuff in prison, he will be signing his death certificate. The inmates are gonna punish him just for being the twisted pervert he is, regardless if he tries it on them. Say hello to protective custody you sicko. He deserves a good throat slashing and feces rubbed into the wounds for maximum infection!!!
Diane in Odenton April 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM
"After the complaints, drivers underwent more training on how to deal with the public." This sounds absolutely absurd to me. You have to TRAIN the drivers to not sexually assault their disabled passengers??!!
sonia stewart April 23, 2014 at 07:54 PM
So sorry for this woman and her family. I'm glad she had a family to help her report this. It's terrible that this person was entrusted to assist a disabled person who's trying to enjoy a bit of independence to get around and do things that we take for granted everyday. Hopefully she can recover. Very sad.
Deneen Morgan-Burley April 26, 2014 at 04:01 AM
I ride the Mobility Bus or in the cab. I never thought of this possible danger because the rides are so carefully scheduled and timed. Are you telling me I need to carry MACE or something to protect myself from a possible attack? This is so wrong on so many levels. We RIDE because we have a disability. We don't need to be VICTIMIZED and SEXUALLY ASSAULTED as well. What is the world coming to?

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