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Veteran accused of fake child rape suicide gets 85 years

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A military veteran accused of committing suicide to avoid criminal charges for raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter, who later became pregnant, has been sentenced to 85 years in prison.

Jacob Blair Scott, 45, was found guilty Thursday on nine counts of sexual acts, four counts of touching a child for lustful purposes and one count of child exploitation.

Scott showed little emotion as the verdict was read in the Jackson County Circuit Court in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for the heinous crime, The Sun Herald reported.

The convicted rapist would turn himself in to be charged with assaulting the teen, but pretended to be dead in July 2018.

Investigators found Scott’s small boat off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama. They also found a gun and a suicide note, but little forensic evidence confirming suicide took place.

Authorities searched for a body in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a week, but nothing has turned up, the US Marshal’s said.

Jacob Blair Scott, 45, is ushered into court for his sentencing hearing following a trial in which the jury on Thursday, June 2, 2022, found Scott guilty of all charges in the Jackson County Circuit Court in Pascagoula, Miss. Scott, convicted of sexually abusing a girl and getting her pregnant when he was 40 and she was 14, was sentenced to 85 years in prison

Scott wept in the stands as he talked about his personal demons.  District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath and Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn criticized Scott for trying to blame his mental state, a failing relationship, and even the victim for the sexual assaults

Scott wept in the stands as he talked about his personal demons. District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath and Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn criticized Scott for trying to blame his mental state, a failing relationship, and even the victim for the sexual assaults

Scott, who lived under a pseudonym, was imprisoned in early 2020 at an Oklahoma RV park where he had lived.

On Thursday, Jackson County Circuit judge Kathy King Jackson described the evidence in the case as “overwhelming” and sentenced the military veteran to 85 years in prison. She also ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine.

“It’s more evidence than I’ve probably ever seen,” Jackson said in part.

During the trial, the victim wept as she described the anguish she experienced daily at the hands of her stepfather during her testimony.

She told the courtroom the disturbing details of how Scott sexually assaulted her at least 30 times, beginning in early 2016 and ending in 2017.

The abuse ended after she learned she was pregnant.

The young victim told the judge and jury that she had given birth to the baby.

Investigators found Scott's small boat off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama.  They also found a gun and a suicide note, but little forensic evidence confirming suicide took place

Investigators found Scott’s small boat off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama. They also found a gun and a suicide note, but little forensic evidence confirming suicide took place

The weapon that authorities found on a small boat off the coast of Alabama.  Authorities searched the Gulf of Mexico for a body that was never there.

The weapon that authorities found on a small boat off the coast of Alabama. Authorities searched the Gulf of Mexico for a body that was never there.

District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath expressed disgust for Scott and condolences to the young victim.

McIlrath and Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn reprimand Scott for trying to blame many of his mental health problems, post-traumatic stress, relationship failure, and even the girl for the sexual assaults when he committed the crime.

Prior to sentencing, he pleaded with the judge to review his medical records that showed he was heavily medicated, affecting his judgment.

“I was a good man,” Scott said. “This is not who I am.”

McIlrath said she didn’t believe Scott and called his defense a “hail Mary” tactic of trying to get leniency before issuing the verdict.

The handwritten note he left on his boat when he tried to trick authorities into thinking he committed suicide to avoid the heinous crime

The handwritten note he left on his boat when he tried to trick authorities into thinking he committed suicide to avoid the heinous crime

“This is the first time in my 18 years that I’ve ever seen something so brutal and so mean,” the judge said. “This is about blaming the 14-year-old. This whole process was about humiliating the 14-year-old who had no choice.”

Authorities said Scott assaulted his stepdaughter while his wife and teenage daughter slept in their Mississippi home

The victim’s mother only learned of the sick abuse her daughter had to endure at the hands of her rapist when the victim’s older sister took her to a hospital.

It was at the hospital when she learned she was 10 weeks pregnant. A DNA test later confirmed it was her stepfather’s baby. The daily news reported.

Scott of Moss Point, Mississippi, was awarded a Purple Heart in 2011 for injuries he sustained while serving in Iraq, according to the US Marshals Service.

They have also listed him as one of the 15 most wanted fugitives, the Associated Press reported.

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