Former Navy Chief’s Sentencing DelayedMay 21st, 2007 by josh farley
Those curious about the fate of the criminal case involving Naval Base Kitsap’s former Command Master Chief will have to wait.
I spoke with Kitsap County Prosecutors this morning — when Edward E. Scott was supposed to be sentenced after pleading guilty to sex charges — and was told his next court hearing will now be June 11.
Scott has been the subject of much debate on this blog, after being arrested in the early morning hours of March 16 by Bremerton Police detectives.
As the Navy’s highest enlisted man in Kitsap, Scott admitted to chatting over the internet with what he thought was a mother of two children and agreeing to meet with them for sex.
He was actually chatting with an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force — in conjunction with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — and eventually pleaded guilty to attempted rape and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, both felonies.
And the reason for the delay in sentencing?
I’m told by prosecutors and Scott’s defense attorney, Eric Fong, that an exam known as the “psychosexual evaluation” has to be conducted, completed and handed to the judge prior to sentencing.
Also, a “PSI” or Preliminary Sentencing Investigation, will also be created by Department of Corrections officials, which will be based on the evaluation and Scott’s overall history. The judge will have that available, too.
While Scott has pleaded guilty, what punishment he receives is very much up in the air. Prosecutors have already said they they’ll recommend a 90-month sentence. Fong has said he’ll seek a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative, or “SSOSA,” which would include less jail time and treatment for Scott.