Former WABC sportscaster Marvell Scott was sentenced to 20 days of community service Tuesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge involving a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old runaway girl.
Scott, 38, initially faced charges of statutory rape and patronizing a prostitute for his June 2008 hook up with the upstate teen, for which he could have been sentenced to seven years behind bars. Instead, he pleaded guilty to child endangerment and will serve no jail or probation.
Scott has denied having intercourse with the teen, but Tuesday told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel that he “acted in a manner likely to be injurious to a girl by inappropriately touching her." He also said that he only learned her age after the encounter.
"We've maintained since the beginning he was innocent," said Scott's attorney, Benjamin Brafman. "This deal seals that."
Scott, an ex-football player at the University of Iowa and University of Delaware and a sports medicine doctor, was charged in February 2010. Prosecutors said Scott took the teen and her 16-year-old girlfriend to his W. 47th Street apartment and had sex with her after paying her pimp.
At his arraignment, prosecutors said Scott met the teens and her pimp at 47th and Ninth Avenue. Scott first denied knowing the girl, but security cameras captured her and her friend entering his apartment.
The video shows Scott taking the younger girl up to his apartment, but when the frightened teen balked, he returned to the pimp and demanded a refund, prosecutors charged. The older teen, however, talked her pal into it and the two returned upstairs with Scott, officials said.