By Sabina Mollot
On Monday, a man who sexually assaulted two women in the East Village and another in a Stuyvesant Town elevator was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.
Juan Scott, who’s the cousin of actress Rosario Dawson, pleaded guilty in June to the three attacks. One of the victims was a woman he was dating but the others, including the one from Stuyvesant Town, were women he followed home.
Prosecutors had hoped for a 20-year sentence for Scott, who assaulted the three women over a period of several months in 2014.
He was arrested on October 19, 2014, two days after attacking a 20-year-old NYU student in Stuyvesant Town.
At 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. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera and Scott could be seen climbing down a tree to escape.
Additionally, on June 2, 2014 Scott followed a 23-year-old woman into her apartment building on East 11th Street and sexually assaulted her just before midnight.
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.
Police were able to track Scott down after getting an anonymous tip.
His attorney Richard Verchick said he had naturally hoped for less time for Scott, considering that he had suffered abuse growing up, physically and sexually.
“People don’t come to that point in life out of nowhere,” said Verchick. “They don’t think, ‘Oh, I’ll do all sorts of things to women.’ It doesn’t happen that way. He was struggling long before those incidents.”
But, he added, of the judge on the Supreme Court case, Jill Konviser, “She felt she owed it to the community to keep him out of the community for a long period of time.”
The district attorney had no comment on the sentence.