Edward Scott Yancey – Repeat Sex Offender – Predator

A former volunteer youth coach has pleaded guilty to a federal firearm violation and not guilty on charges of child molestation and failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

Edward “Scott” Yancey, 38, will be sentenced on the firearm charge in U.S. District Court on July 8. He is set for trial on the sex-crime charges in Harrison County Circuit Court on Sept. 8.

The former Gulf Shores, Ala., police officer faces up to 10 years on the firearm violation. He faces up to 50 years on the state charges.

The state charges allege Yancey fondled three different boys he had helped coach as a volunteer with the Long Beach Recreation League.

The boys were ages 10 to 12 when the unlawful touching is alleged to have occurred.

The state and federal cases are somewhat related.

Yancey was convicted on a federal pornography charge in 1998 after pleading guilty to using a computer to transmit sexually explicit pictures. The conviction prohibits him from having a firearm.

Yancey began making Coast headlines in October after sheriff’s investigators received a complaint Yancey was a convicted sex offender who had not registered his address in Harrison County.

In November, Long Beach police began investigating the first of three complaints that Yancey had fondled a boy at Yancey’s home on Reeves Street. Police and the FBI searched Yancey’s home and found ammunition for two types of weapons but no firearms.

Court records show an acquaintance whose son had played on Yancey’s team had taken two firearms from Yancey over concerns he might be suicidal.

Records show the guns are a Glock 9mm bought while Yancey was a police officer and a Grendel 380-caliber owned by a relative.

Yancey was set for trial in the firearm case but changed his plea April 14.

Police and the FBI claim they also found computers and discs with sexually explicit pictures of children in the raid of Yancey’s home.

Yancey’s attorney, Jim Davis, will argue motions on the state charges in July.

Davis maintains Yancey wasn’t required to register as a sex offender.

“There is no federal sex-offender registration statute,” Davis said.

A law enacted in 2007 created a national sex-offender registry but that is more for law enforcement purposes, Davis said.

I’d be more worried about the sexual charges if I were you

Also, Yancey was convicted before states began enacting laws requiring certain types of sex offenders to register, said Davis.

Yancey lived in Tennessee while serving three years’ probation on the pornography conviction.

Neither Tennessee nor Mississippi requires registration for sex offenders with pornography convictions, Davis said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

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