Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of JUAN SCOTT, 28, for three separate sexual assaults in the East Village in 2014. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Burglary in the First Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony and two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. He is expected to be sentenced on September 6, 2016.
“Juan Scott sexually assaulted three young women in their East Village homes over a span of only five months,” said District Attorney Vance. “Sexual predators are often repeat offenders, which is one of the reasons why the $38 million initiative to fund the testing of backlogged rape kits across the country will solve hundreds, if not thousands, of crimes across the country and here in New York State. We know that the results of this testing will take offenders off the streets and prevent future sexual assaults by repeat attackers before they occur.”
As admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea, just before midnight on June 2, 2014, SCOTT followed a stranger into her apartment building in the East Village and sexually assaulted her. The 23-year-old woman escaped and SCOTT fled the scene.
In a separate incident in the early morning hours of September 21, 2014, SCOTT and a woman he previously dated got into an argument inside her East Village apartment. SCOTT pushed her onto her bed, sexually assaulted her, and slammed her head against a wall.
In a third incident on October 17, 2014, at approximately 4:30 a.m., SCOTT followed a stranger onto the elevator in her East Village apartment building. Once inside the elevator, SCOTT pushed the 20-year-old woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her. Multiple residents of the apartment building heard the attack and came out of their apartments, causing the defendant to flee the scene. The incident was captured on video by the building’s surveillance cameras and the NYPD released identifying portions to the media. An anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers identified SCOTT as the perpetrator and police tracked him to his parents’ home on Long Island.
Assistant District Attorney Brendan Tracy handled the prosecution of the case with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney Jenna Bergamo, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50; Assistant District Attorneys Shannon Lucey and Jennifer Gaffney, Deputy Chiefs of the Sex Crimes Unit; Assistant District Attorney Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit; Executive Assistant Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau; and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analyst Phoebe Rosenfeld assisted with the case.
District Attorney Vance thanked the members of the NYPD’s Special Victims Squad, including Detectives Madeline Acevedo and Eusebio Santos.
JUAN SCOTT, D.O.B. 2/29/1988
New York, NY
• Burglary in the First Degree as a Sexually Motivated felony, a class B felony, one count
• Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, two counts