Man Who Faked Suicide to Escape Child Assault Charges Sentenced to 85 Years

Mississippi man who faked his own suicide in an attempt to avoid criminal charges for child rape has been sentenced to 85 years in prison.

Jacob Blair Scott, 44, was found guilty of one count of child exploitation, four counts of touching a child for lustful purposes, and nine counts of sexual battery.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Scott to 85 years in prison, plus $10,000 in fines. She said that Scott will essentially be serving a life sentence.

Investigators found Scott’s small boat off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama, in July 2018. Officials found a gun and a note on the boat, but little forensic evidence indicating that a suicide occurred.

According to the U.S. Marshals, a weeks-long search effort by authorities for Scott’s body failed to find his remains. 

When Scott faked his own suicide, he was out on bond and had a scheduled court hearing, but failed to appear. Officials also discovered that Scott took out $45,000 from a bank account before disappearing. 

Scott was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List in January 2020 before he was arrested.

Scott was arrested by authorities in 2020 in an Oklahoma RV park and was living under someone else’s name.

According to the U.S. Marshals, a weeks-long search effort by authorities for Scott’s body failed to find his remains. 

When Scott faked his own suicide, he was out on bond and had a scheduled court hearing, but failed to appear. Officials also discovered that Scott took out $45,000 from a bank account before disappearing. 

Scott was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List in January 2020 before he was arrested.

Scott was arrested by authorities in 2020 in an Oklahoma RV park and was living under someone else’s name.

“The evidence is overwhelming,” Jackson said. “It’s more evidence than I’ve probably ever seen.”

The victim testified during the trial, stating that Scott had sexually assaulted her at least 30 times between 2016 and 2017, which stopped when she became pregnant. She gave birth to the baby, according to her testimony.

District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath said that the crime was “brazen and so vile.”

“This is the first time in my 18 years I have ever seen anything so brazen and so vile,” McIlrath said. “This is about blaming the 14-year-old. This whole trial was about humiliating the 14-year-old who had no choice.”

Scott said during the trial that mental issues such as post-traumatic stress affected his mental state when the crimes were committed. Scott also pleaded with Jackson to take his mental health into consideration, stating that he was suffering from depression, was heavily medicated, and had relationship issues at the time of the crime that clouded his judgment.

Scott is a military veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq, where he was injured, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Original Article: Mississippi man who faked suicide to escape child rape charges sentenced to 85 years in prison | Fox News

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3 comments

  1. someone needs to visit him and hold hands with him

  2. Coward
    Worried only about himself without a single acknowledgement of his victim’s suffering both past and future. A human stain on society better off locked up for life. Willing to go to any extreme to avoid the consequences of his actions. We spend far too much time and energy attempting to understand the plight of the criminal. We spend very little time talking about the victim’s struggle going forward with their lives after the torment reeked upon them at their victimizer’s hands. He knew right from wrong and he knew that child was innocent no matter what their role. No mercy when you victimize a child sentencing them to a life of pain created by you. I wouldn’t want the responsibility of putting this evil man to death but I wouldn’t try to stop someone else from doing so. These sort of people may very well be sick but rarely do they change. More often than not they are released on an suspecting public only to hurt another child. Given the current landscape in our legal system I fear the only reason for such a stiff sentence is the waste of resources to prove him alive. That the embarrassment to the powers that be was the true motivation for the eighty five years I can only hope is not true. I truly hope this man never walks free again.

  3. Sentenced to 85 years. He must be a Republican, otherwise he would be fined five dollars and set free.

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