A former Cumberland County Schools volunteer and coach has finally been convicted on sex-related charges involving minors in a case that began in 2006.
Rodney Scott, age 53, plead guilty to five counts of statutory sex offense with a juvenile between 13 and 15 years old and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Scott was sentenced to 29 years in prison and was incarcerated on June 4 at the Craven Correctional Institution. In addition, he must remain on the sex offender registry for 30 years and can have no contact with any of his victims.
Charges were first brought against Scott in May of 2006 when he was originally arrested for one count indecent liberties with a child with a 15-year-old minor. By June of that year, additional charges of two counts Statutory sex offense with a child were added to Scott.
The following year, four more counts of statutory sex offense with a child involving the original 2006 victim were added. Seven years went by and in 2014, a 13-year-old victim came forward and 55 more charges were added:
- 11 counts statutory sex offense
- 11 counts crimes against nature
- 11 counts sexual activity by a substitute parent
- 11 counts indecent liberties with a child
- 11 counts child abuse by a sexual act
In April of 2015, a 14-year-old victim came forward adding one count indecent liberties with a child to Scott along with two counts of statutory sex offense with a child involving a juvenile the following month.
Over a two week period in May of 2016 police charged Scott with 65 crimes involving five victims. His original bail of $100,000 was dramatically increased to $11.8 million.
By 2017, more accusers had come forward and Scott faced over 100 charges including:
- 21 counts of statutory sexual offense against a minor who is between 13 and 15 years old by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim
- 21 counts of crime against nature
- 21 counts of child abuse – sexual act
- 21 counts of sexual activity with a minor
- 21 counts of indecent liberties with a child
With the addition of the latest round of charges, Scott’s bail was raised again to from $17.7 million to $21,350,000.
According to Cumberland County Schools, Scott had volunteered or worked for the district in multiple roles for around 19 years.
In 2017, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Ruben Reyes with Cumberland County Schools told media that Scott was a volunteer coach at Pine Forest High School until January 2016 and prior to that he was a “Safe Schools” coordinator at that school from August 2011 until June 2013.
Scott was also an AAU basketball coach in Fayetteville for over 20 years. According to court records and law enforcement officials, a number of the accusers are former players Scott coached.
“That was the part of the ruse he used. He lured them in with this dream of playing basketball at a higher level,” police investigator John Somerindyke said told WRAL In 2017. “That was an additional game he played with them with the basketball in additional of living with them with the basketball.”