For Immediate Release
Case # 14HF2171


August 12, 2014





WHO: John Mordecai Scott, 58, Lake Forest


WHAT: Will be arraigned today for lewd and lascivious conduct against four child victims while working as their piano instructor. Scott is charged with molesting and/or taking lewd photographs of his victims at his residence and piano studios. He is currently being held on $500,000 bail.


Scott is charged with one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, four felony counts of a lewd act upon a child under 14, two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, one felony count of using a minor for sex acts, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance. He faces a sentencing enhancement for obscene matter used during a sexual offense. If convicted, Scott faces a maximum sentence of 30 years and four months in custody.


WHEN: Today, Aug. 12, 2014. The time is to be determined.


WHERE: CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana


Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is being released at this time.