Veteran accused of faking suicide in child rape sentenced to 85

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

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

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

The convicted rapist was supposed to turn himself in to face assault charges against the teenager, but faked his death in July 2018.

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

For more than a week, authorities searched for a body in the Gulf of Mexico, but nothing surfaced, according to the US Marshal.

County Circuit Court in Pascagoula, Miss., Thursday, June 2, 2022 Scott, convicted of sexually assaulting a girl and getting her pregnant when he was 40 and she was 14 , sentenced him to 85 years in prison” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Jacob Blair Scott, 45, is led into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing following a trial in which the jury returned their verdict that Scott was guilty of all charges before the Jackson County Circuit Court in Pascagoula, Miss., Thursday, June 2, 2022 Scott, convicted of sexually assaulting a girl and getting her pregnant when he was 40 and she was 14 , sentenced him to 85 years in prison

Scott cried on the stand talking about his personal demons.  District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath and Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn excoriated Scott for trying to blame his mental state, a failing relationship and even the victim of the sexual assaults

Scott cried on the stand talking about his personal demons. District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath and Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn excoriated Scott for trying to blame his mental state, a failing relationship and even the victim of the sexual assaults

Scott, who lived under an alias, was captured in early 2020 at an Oklahoma RV park where he 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.

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

During the trial, the victim wept as she detailed the terror she encountered daily at the hands of her stepfather while testifying.

She told the courtroom the harrowing details of how Scott sexually assaulted her at least 30 times, which began in early 2016 and ended in 2017.

The abuse ended after she found out 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 Orange Beach, Alabama.  They also found a gun and a suicide note, but little forensic evidence confirming a suicide occurred.

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

The weapon 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 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 his disgust with Scott and his compassion for the young victim.

McIlrath and assistant DA Justin Lovorn berated Scott for trying to blame a host of issues relating to his mental state, post-traumatic stress, failed relationship and even the daughter for the sexual assaults, when he committed the crime.

Prior to sentencing, he begged the judge to review his medical records which indicated he was heavily medicated, which impaired his judgment.

“I was a good man,” Scott said. “It’s not who I am.”

McIlrath said she didn’t believe Scott and called his defense a “Hail Mary” tactic to try to win clemency, before handing down the sentence.

The handwritten note he left on his boat when he tried to trick authorities into thinking he killed himself to avoid facing the heinous crime

The handwritten note he left on his boat when he tried to trick authorities into thinking he killed himself to avoid facing the heinous crime

“This is the first time in 18 years that I’ve seen something so brazen and vile,” Judge said. “It’s about blaming the 14-year-old. This whole trial was aimed at humiliating the 14-year-old who had no choice.

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

The victim’s mother only found out about the abuse her daughter had to endure at the hands of her rapist husband only when the victim’s older sister took her to the hospital.

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

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

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

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