Sexual interference sentencing delayed after lawyer fired

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A Rocky Harbour man who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday for having sexual relations with an underage girl has fired his lawyer.

John Frederick Scott, 43, pleaded guilty to sexual interference and breaching probation during his last court appearance in provincial court in Corner Brook. There are 29 other charges expected to be withdrawn by Crown attorney Alana Dwyer upon conviction.

In the May court appearance, Scott objected to the pre-sentence report requested by Dwyer. Legal-aid lawyer Jamie Luscombe said Scott just wanted the matters dealt with.

Monday, Scott — who has consented to staying in jail — appeared in court via video conference. He had fired Luscombe and requested more time to get another lawyer. He said he was still waiting to hear back from the legal-aid office.

Scott also refused to speak with a probation officer for the pre-sentence report, according to provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman. Dwyer did not oppose the postponement. She said it was important for him to be represented by a lawyer due to the nature of the charges.

He is scheduled to return to court July 30.

The allegations against Scott are that he had sexual relations with a girl under the age of 16 over a 15-month period from June 2012 to September 2013. The charges to be withdrawn included six more counts of sexual interference, seven counts of invitation to sexual touching, seven counts of unlawfully luring a child under the age of 16 by means of a computer system, seven counts of sexual assault, a single count of accessing child pornography and one other count of failing to comply with a probation order.

He had recently served a 60-day prison term for an unrelated charge of providing liquor to a male youth.



Geographic location: Rocky Harbour, Corner Brook

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