Edward D. Scott – Repeat Sex Offender – Takes Plea

A repeat sex offender was sentenced Friday to 15 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl inside a Millville home.

Edward D. Scott, a former Millville resident, entered the East Oak Street home where the teenage victim was sleeping about 3:30 a.m. April 26, 2006, and stabbed and sexually assaulted her, authorities said.

The girl was hospitalized and received more than 60 stitches to close stabbing and slashing wounds.

Scott, now 43, was on the run for six days following the crime. Police said they captured him after he broke the window of a van on West McNeal Street owned by his ex-girlfriend.

The victim saw Scott running away and called police, authorities said. Officers arrested him a few hours later at the Economy Inn on North 2nd Street.

Scott in January pleaded guilty in state Superior Court to a first-degree count of aggravated sexual assault, said Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella. In exchange for his plea, other charges — including weapons offenses and failure to register as a sex offender — were dropped, the prosecutor said Friday.

Casella said Scott must serve 85 percent of his sentence — or about 13 years — before he can be eligible for parole.

Upon his release, Scott will be subject to lifetime parole supervision.

The prosecutor said it was unclear whether Scott knew the victim but said he believed Scott knew other people living in the Oak Street home.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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