‘National Security’ A Factor

Prosecutors weighed Edward E. Scott’s access to matters of national security in charging him with attempted child rape and communicating with a minor immorally on the internet, Russ Hauge told me on the phone Tuesday.

The Kitsap County Prosecutor — and a former military man himself — Hauge said that his post allowed him access to sensitive information.

If he was willing to use a work computer to chat with who he believed to be a mother and twins to solicit sex, prosecutors worried what else he might be capable of, Hauge told me.

Scott, arrested Friday at the motel where he’d told the “mother” to get a room for the alleged sexual acts, was officially charged with crimes Tuesday.

Scott remains in Kitsap County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. His next hearing is set for April 20.

11 thoughts on “‘National Security’ A Factor

  1. For all of you saying he hasn’t been charged…here you have it. He’s been charged. They obviously have enough evidence against the the guy to charge him with the crime.

  2. This Master Chief should be busted down to a Seaman Duece and given a dishonorable discharge from MY Navy. Rank doesn’t matter in a case like this one, disgrace was brought upon the United States Navy.

  3. Not just to Seaman Duece but to recruit. I keep thinking about his family and the shock that they are still dealing with. Since he used his work computer for this sickening thing, I doubt that his wife knew a thing about this perversion of him. And I hope that once he is done with the civilian trial and punishment (if any) the Navy will try him. There is nothing lower than someone who would prey on children. They deserve only contempt.

  4. Rank absolutely does matter. The higher your rank, the more accountable you should be held. I think all military personnel, police officers, politicians, judges, etc, should be held to a higher standard. If common citizens see people in positions of honor and authority committing these crimes and not receiving strict penalties, what respect will they have for the law?

  5. I think that when Jerry said “rank doesn’t matter in a case like this one”, he was trying to say that just because this (cough) man is a Master Chief in the Navy, he shouldn’t be allowed THE PRIVILEGE to retire. He should be stripped of his rank and brought down (busted down) to a much lower rank then booted out, dishonorably of course. This man is a PIG!!

  6. This piece of junk man should be in the slammer for a long time. Maybe he can find some compassion in jail. He should be knocked down to a seaman recruit. I feel bad for his family.

  7. With leadership comes responsibility. I am tired of the navy letting SCUM retire, if he is CONVICTED he should be KICKED-OUT with no retirement. I know they say but he had good service. As a seaman maybe but as a leader he is a disgrace.
    He knew what he was doing, If he didn’t we are advancing individuals for the wrong reasons.

  8. If this had been some jr enlisted guy, he would have already been processed out. No ands-ifs-or butts! This guy is a freakin Master Chief, someone who SHOULD be held to a higher standard…yet they might even CONSIDER giving him a retirement of ANY kind is absolutely unthinkable! His ENTIRE retirement should go to the family so they can get on with their lives.
    Let’s hope justice is served in this case.

  9. Pay close attention, as this has happened before, he will some how get to retire. Why might you ask? Someone will “look” out for him. I implore you all to contact the base CO/XO/PAO and Regional Commander and let them know how you feel. It’s happened before, and yes it will happen again. This disgrace to the Navy needs to be sent home as an E1.

  10. We had a female CO dismissed for cause at Naval Station Newport for mismanagement of funds, deceit, lying to investigators, you name it, she was charged with it. What happened? She was assigned to a desk in Washington, DC, and allowed to retire three years later. Protected by someone? Most definitely. A true miscarriage of justice. Years ago, at the same base, a chief was reported for molesting his adopted daughter; he was “counseled” by other chiefs for two years, not reported to the civilian authorities, and then allowed to retire when he hit his 20 years. The Navy DOES take care of its own, when they’re high enough in rank/rate.

  11. I can’t agree with most of you more today then a year ago. I was happily (so I thought) to a CDR for over 16 years until he was killed. For one year post of his death, I couldn’t look through his locker (personal items from the ship) that his CO brought to me. On the one year anniversary of his death I felt I was strong enough to look through it. Lord knows I wish I hadn’t. My husband and I rarely drank, faithful church-goers, and never went to bed angry at each other. We had disagreements just like any couple, but he treated me as if we were still on our honeymoon. We went through seven long deployments throughout our marriage and though I missed him terribly I never (honestly) worried or questioned what he did in the foreign ports. The phone calls, the letters, and the several surprise airline tickets to meet him, made me love him more each and every day. BUT the day I opened that locker my dream marriage fell apart. The crewmember that cleared out his lockers didn’t throw away anything. Condoms, pictures of him with his foreign female “business partners” at bars, and magazines that weren’t ever on our coffee table. I will never in a million years believe that nobody in the ward room knew what he did on deployment. So the comment that the good-ole boys will cover up anything is SO true.

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