An Orange County piano instructor was convicted Monday, March 14, of molesting eight girls, with a ninth testifying as a witness in his trial, over 18 years.
John Mordecai Scott, 65, was initially accused of molesting 11 girls, but one did not wish to participate in the trial before Orange County Superior Court Judge Steve Bromberg; charges related to another person were dismissed.
Scott, scheduled to be sentenced May 13, faces 111 years to life in prison for his conviction on 26 sex-related counts.
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The defendant, out on bail during the trial, was immediately taken into custody after the verdict was announced.
The first known crime occurred in 1996 with a girl whose breast was groped during one lesson and her legs spread at other times during an exercise supposedly to work on music timing, Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic said in her opening statement.
Scott had the girl lie down on a piano bench while he lifted the waistband of her panties, then instructed the girl not to tell her parents, the prosecutor said
Another girl, who was 11 when she took lessons from Scott in his Lake Forest home, saw that he would leave pornographic magazines lying around the house, Bracic said. Scott sexually assaulted that victim with his finger, claiming at the time he was a “doctor” examining her to see if she was developing normally, Bracic said.
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Another victim was 15 when she “took racy photos with the defendant,” Bracic said.
While driving the teen to his home, he discussed his sex life, doing drugs and tried to persuade her to put on a G-string bikini for photographs, Bracic said. The girl refused, but did put on various dresses for photos as he insisted she undress in front of him, Bracic said.