A Manhattan grand jury has indicted former WABC sportscaster Marvell Scott for allegedly raping a 14-year-old prostitute in his apartment back in 2008, said New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Scott, 36, faces charges of rape, patronizing a prostitute, and child endangerment.
The D.A.’s office said that Scott met with a man on the West Side on June 5, 2008, and paid him to bring two teenage girls, ages 14 and 16, up to his apartment on West 47th Street. Then Scott had sex with the 14-year-old girl in his bedroom, according to the D.A., citing the court documents. The older girl was also in the room. Scott turned himself into the D.A.’s office Tuesday morning. He appeared before a judge and pleaded not guilty.
His lawyer said that the charges are not true, and that Scott is cooperating with prosecutors and investigators. “This case boils down to an attempt to shake down Dr. Scott by a pimp and his two prostitutes,” attorney Richard Portale told reporters outside the court. “It was a ruse. They saw him as a mark.” Portale said that the teens asked to use his bathroom, and that is why he allowed them to come upstairs.
The NYPD said that the 14-year-old is a runaway who was trying to make some quick cash. Scott, a medical doctor who specializes in sports medicine, abruptly left WABC in April 2009 saying he was on vacation, according to the Daily News. He never returned and later said he was going to focus on his medical practice.
The indictment charged Scott with rape in the second degree, a class-D felony; patronizing a prostitute in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor, the D.A.’s office said. A class-D felony is punishable by 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison and a class-A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in jail.