Naval Base Kitsap’s former top enlisted man pleaded guilty to attempted child rape Thursday morning in Kitsap County Superior Court.
Arrested by Bremerton Police just more than a month ago, Edward E. Scott, then the Navy’s local Command Master Chief, was caught in a sex sting at a local hotel before dawn March 16.
But what does the guilty plea mean?
Scott had been chatting for about at least a month with what he thought was a mother of a 12-year-old twin boy and girl, and had arranged a meeting for sex with the trio, according to police reports.
What he didn’t know was the “mother” was an undercover agent working with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, assigned to look for child predators in a chat room called “fetish 12.” Scott was arrested by Bremerton Police detectives near the hotel’s lobby, and found in possession of 3 condoms.
Prosecutors will recommend jail time — 90 months to be exact. His defense attorneys will recommend treatment known as a “SSOSA” which would allow Scott to miss most of the jail time if he complies with the program, also according to prosecutors.
A judge will ultimately make the decision. But where do you stand?