How in the hell did this happen???
In a wrist-slap deal, disgraced ex-WABC/Channel 7 sportscaster Marvell Scott will serve only 20 days of community service after pleading guilty in a sickening child-prostitution case. Scott, 36, was allowed to plead guilty yesterday to just misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. The girl had been offered to him as a prostitute in Times Square back in 2008, and was only 14 years old, prosecutors had charged in court papers.
“On or about June 5, 2008, inside my then-apartment . . . I acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the welfare of a child by inappropriately touching her,” Scott told a Manhattan Supreme Court judge yesterday in taking his plea. “[Afterward] I learned she was 14 years old,” Scott said.
Scott left television last year to work as a full-time sports-medicine doctor. He had originally insisted to cops that he didn’t even know the girl. Then, confronted with hallway surveillance video showing him accompanying her upstairs, he insisted he let the girl up into his apartment only because she was “crying profusely” in the street. But court papers painted a vividly sick scenario in which the girl and her 16-year-old friend — both runaways from Albany — were being pimped by a stranger who took advantage of them because they’d run out of money.
The hallway surveillance video shows Scott taking the younger girl up to his apartment on 47th Street. When the terrified child refused to have sex with him, he returned her downstairs to the pimp and demanded his money back, prosecutors alleged. But the older teen talked the kid into it by promising to go with her. Surveillance video next showed both girls going upstairs with Scott.
“Defendant had sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old complainant on the bed in his bedroom while the older teen stood looking out the window in the same room,” Justice Ronald Zweibel had written in a June 20 decision that referred to the prosecution allegations.