Edwards, former deputy, receives 10 year sentence
Scott Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the Constitutional rights of five women through acts of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual contact while serving as their “drug court tracker,” when the women were participants in the Lincoln County Drug Court program. The crimes occurred beginning in February 2009 through November 2010.
According to court documents, Edwards was a detective for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and served as a “drug court tracker” for the Lincoln County Drug Court until his termination in December, 2010. The Lincoln County Drug Court is a program to which drug offenders are sentenced for the purpose of obtaining intense treatment, counseling and rehabilitation. The Lincoln County Drug Court contracts with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to employ law enforcement officers to serve as part-time “drug court trackers” who monitor the whereabouts and curfews of drug court participants as needed.
While engaged as a “drug court tracker,” both on duty and off duty, Edwards abused his position of authority and engaged in sexual acts with five female drug court participants without their consent. These sexual acts resulted in bodily injury to one or more of the victims, and included aggravated sexual abuse and sexual contact with the female victims.
Edwards, 50, Troy, pled guilty in July to two felony counts of deprivation of rights under color of law including aggravated sexual abuse; one felony count of deprivation of rights under color of law including kidnapping; and two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law including sexual contact, and appeared Friday for sentencing before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.
This case was investigated by the St. Louis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Troy, Missouri Police Department, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith and Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Fara Gold handled the case for the United States.