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John Frederick Scott objects to the media coverage of his appearance in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday afternoon.
John Frederick Scott has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from sexual relations he had with a girl under the age of 16 over a 15-month period.
The 43-year-old from Rocky Harbour recently served a 60-day prison term for an unrelated charge of providing liquor to a male youth, for which he was sentenced in February.
Scott was facing a total of 31 charges when he was escorted into provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday afternoon. He entered guilty pleas to one count of sexual interference and one count of breaching probation.
The other 29 charges were withdrawn by Crown attorney Alana Dwyer. Those other charges 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.
The probation order he defied was one that was put in place in May 2013.
The allegations against Scott covered the time period from June 15, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013 and all included just the one victim.
Judge Catherine Allen-Westby will not hear the specific facts of the case against Scott until he returns to court June 30. Dwyer asked the court to order a pre-sentence report to help the sentencing process, given the nature and seriousness of the charges and the lengthy incarceration she said could be imposed on Scott.
Jamie Luscombe, the lawyer who defended Scott in court Tuesday, said his client was objecting to the pre-sentence report being done, since that process normally takes at least six weeks. Luscombe said Scott just wanted the matters dealt with.
Dwyer countered by saying Scott is already remanded to custody by his own consent since his arrest in early April.
Luscombe and Dwyer told Allen-Westby they hope to formulate an agreed statement of facts in time for the sentencing hearing. Luscombe said it is possible the matter could be called before the next set date if the facts cannot be agreed upon for some reason.