Former WABC Sports Anchor Faces Statutory Rape Charge


Former WABC sports anchor, Marvell Scott – who left television to practice medicine – was charged today with raping with a 14-year-old hooker he picked up near Times Square.

Scott, 36, allegedly met the girl, who had run away from upstate New York, when a pimp offered up her services in June 2008. The sportscaster-turned sports-medicine expert worked out "a money amount" with the pimp, and then took the girl up to his West 47th Street apartment, prosecutors said.

Once upstairs, the girl — who turned 14 the day before and was connecting with a John for the first time — was unwilling to continue, so Scott brought her to the pimp and demanded "his money back,’ said ADA Lisa Friel.

A 16-year-old friend of the girls’ instead offered to calm her pal while Scott had sex with her and he agreed. The 16-year-old told authorities she stared out a window as Scott had sex with her friend on the bed.

At one point the girl asked him to stop, but he replied, "just a little more," Friel said.

The victim later told her mother in Albany what happened and police were called — but the case took a year-and-a-half to come to court because of difficulty locating all the witnesses, officials said.

Scott was charged with statutory rape, patronizing a prostitute and endangering the welfare of a child. He faces up to seven years in jail if convicted and was released on $10,000 bail.

Scott’s attorney, Richard Portale, denied his client – who left WABC in June last year – had sex with the girl and painted the whole sordid scenario as "nothing more than a shakedown attempt."

"What do little girls do when they get into trouble? She cries rape," he said. "She at first said he raped her at gunpoint but then changed her story."

Portale said Scott had encountered the girl in distress, weeping in the street, and feeling sympathetic, allowed her up to his apartment to use the bathroom and that nothing else happened.

"They made a move on him and they hustled him," Portale said. "He’s eager to clear his name."

Scott recently traveled to Haiti to help earthquake survivors.


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