Ex-WABC Sportscaster Marvell Scott Appears In Court

Ex-WABC Sportscaster Marvell Scott appears in court to answer rape charges. (WPIX-TV / February 23, 2010)

Former WABC/Ch. 7 sportscaster Marvell Scott has been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in his Midtown apartment, officials said.

Scott, 36, surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning and was later arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom in the afternoon. He has been officially charged with second-degree rape, third-degree solicitation of prostitution and endangerment of a child for an alleged sexual attack that occurred in June 2008.

Scott's bail has been set at $10,000 and he is slated to go before a judge again on March 25.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr said the 14-year-old girl had run away from her upstate New York home and encountered a male individual in Times Square who persuaded her to become a prostitute.

Around 3:45 p.m., Scott allegedly met up with the man, the victim, and her 16-year-old friend. Scott allegedly paid the man and took the two teens to his apartment on West 47th Street.

Scott then allegedly raped the 14-year-old girl in his bedroom; while the 16-year-old girl was also in the bedroom, said Vance.

Scott is being represented by Pappalardo & Pappalardo, a lawfirm in Scarsdale. His attorney is calling the allegations false and said his client is simply the victim of a shakedown by two prostitutes and a pimp, according to reports.

Scott turned himself in to the Manhattan District Attorney's office Tuesday morning, where he reportedly admitted to inviting two runaways to his Midtown apartment. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly confirmed Scott was accused of raping a teen, but refused to disclose specific details.

Scott joined WABC-TV as a sports anchor in 2001, and abruptly went off the air in April. He announced last summer he was leaving broadcast journalism in order to focus on a career in medicine.