WILMINGTON — Former Wilmington mayoral candidate and protest organizer Devon Michael Scott had his first appearance in court today on felony sex charges stemming from the 2015 rape of his wife.
Scott is charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Offense, a felony usually punishable by between 44 and 182 months in prison (with a maximum of 231 months). Those convicted must also register as sex offenders after being released.
Scott was arrested yesterday by U.S. Marshals after failing to make good on a promise to come speak with detectives at the Wilmington Police Department (WPD). Scott apparently said he was advised not to do so by an attorney.
The arrest came just one day after Scott made headline news, publicly admitting to the physical assault and rape of his wife in interviews with several local media outlets.
According to the District Attorney’s office, the WPD case was launched after authorities received emails from a local media outlet and were notified of Scott’s admissions on Facebook.
The DA’s office noted that the victim, wife Lauren Scott, told authorities she was fearful and that Scott has failed to appear for previous court appearances, although for much less serious issues, including traffic violations.
Scott will be retaining his own legal counsel ahead of an August 20 court date. Initially held without bond, as is often the case in domestic violence situations, today Scott was given a $100,000 secured bond. If Scott does secure a bond payment, he will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.