Jacob Scott, accused child rapist who faked suicide, convicted
A Mississippi man who faked his own suicide to avoid child rape charges has been sentenced to 85 years in prison.
Jacob Blair Scott, 44, was convicted of one count of child exploitation, four counts of touching a child for lust and nine counts of sexual assault.
Jackson County District Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Scott to 85 years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. She said Scott will essentially serve 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 suggested a suicide had occurred.
According to the US Marshals, a week-long search by authorities for Scott’s body failed to find his remains.
When Scott faked his own suicide, he was on bail and had a scheduled court hearing, but did not show up. Officials also discovered that Scott withdrew $45,000 from a bank account before disappearing.
Scott was named to the US Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list in January 2020 before his arrest.
Scott was arrested by authorities at an Oklahoma RV park in 2020 and was living under someone else’s name.
Judge Jackson described the evidence in the case as “overwhelming”.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” Jackson said. “That’s more evidence than I’ve probably ever seen.”
The victim testified at trial that Scott 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 statement.
District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath said the crime was “brazen and so heinous.”
“This is the first time in my 18 years that I’ve seen something so brazen and so hideous,” McIlrath said. “This is about blaming the 14-year-old. This whole process was about humiliating the 14-year-old who didn’t have a choice.”
Scott said during the trial that mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress affected his mental state when the crimes were committed. Scott also asked Jackson to consider his mental health, 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 US Marshals Service
The Associated Press contributed to this report.