Commonwealth v. Bruce Lee Scott; Federal Child Porn Investigation Uncovers Sexual Assault of Minor; Defendant to Serve 32 Years

Monday, December 18, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Bruce Lee Scott, 31 years old, was sentenced for charges of Rape, Aggravated Sexual Battery – Victim Under age 13, Forcible Sodomy (2 counts), Object Sexual Penetration, and Indecent Liberties.  Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced Scott to 56 years in prison with 24 years suspended, leaving 32 years to serve.  This was the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement.  In addition to the 32-year sentence imposed today, Scott is serving 16 years in the federal system for child pornography possession.

Scott pled guilty on August 9, 2017.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that between January 1, 2011 and August 1, 2011, Bruce Lee Scott sexually molested a child known to him on a frequent basis.  Initially Scott groomed and guided the victim's actions.  The two used a notebook to detail their "relationship."  These offenses came to light as part of a federal child pornography sweep.  As a result of the federal investigation, a search warrant was served at Scott's home.  Authorities found written communications between Scott and the victim detailing sexual encounters.  Scott was interviewed by police and confessed to having a sexual relationship with the child.   

Scott has prior convictions for Indecent Liberties, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (3 counts), Petit Larceny, Violation of Probation, and minor traffic offenses.  He is also serving a 16-year sentence in the federal penitentiary for child pornography.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

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