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Date: 07-19-2020

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United States of America v. Joseph Lawson Scott

Case Number: 2:19-cr-00255-JLR

Judge: James L. Robart

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (King County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Description: Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Joseph Lawson Scott, 35, attempting to cultivated a friendship with a woman he met in an online gaming community, and groomed her teen-age daughter for sexual abuse.

According to records filed in the case, SCOTT was arrested in Nevada where he worked as a bail bondsman in November 2019. He was indicted for four counts of Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in a Foreign Place. SCOTT pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment in January 2020.

SCOTT will likely be deported following his prison term. However, should he be allowed to remain in the United States, the Court ordered 10 years of supervised release to follow his incarceration.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Hampton.

Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in a Foreign Place - 18:2423(c),(f)

Outcome: Defendant was committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for a term of 42 months. Upon release from custody, defendant is subject to 10 years of supervised release. $100.00 special assessment imposed; fine waived.

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