By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Juan Scott, the man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Stuyvesant Town elevator as well as two other women before that, has pleaded guilty to the three incidents.
Scott, 28, who’s also the cousin of actress Rosario Dawson, had initially pleaded not guilty.
He was arrested on October 19, 2014, two days after attacking a 20-year-old NYU student in Stuyvesant Town. On October 17 around 4:30 a.m. Scott pushed the woman to the ground inside her building’s elevator and sexually assaulted her, although she was able to eventually fight him off. Multiple people in the building also heard the attack and went into the hallway, causing Scott to flee the scene. However, the incident was captured on a surveillance camera and Scott could be seen climbing down a tree to escape. After the images were released to the media, an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers helped police track Scott to his parents’ home on Long Island, the Manhattan District Attorney said.
The first incident occurred on June 2, 2014 when Scott followed a woman into her apartment building in the East Village on East 11th Street and sexually assaulted her just before midnight. The 23-year-old victim escaped and Scott fled the scene.
In the second incident on September 21, 2014, Scott and a woman he previously dated got into an argument inside her apartment in the East Village on East 13th Street. Scott then sexually assaulted her after pushing her onto the bed and slamming her head against the wall.
Scott pleaded guilty to one count of burglary as a sexually motivated felony and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. The prosecution recommended 20 years and the Judge has promised him at least 14, with 10 or more years of post-release supervision. He is expected to be sentenced on September 6.