Accused rapist back in Jackson County jail after 18 months on the run

Accused rapist back in Jackson County jail after 18 months on the run
Jacob Scott is led into the Jackson County jail after being extradited from Oklahoma, where police say he hid for 18 months after faking his own death. (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.)

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Jacob Scott, the man who faked his own death to avoid rape charges, is back in South Mississippi.

Scott, 42, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Gulfport. That hearing lasted less than 30 minutes, with the judge deciding that the federal charge against him would be dismissed so Scott could face the multiple felony charges filed against him by the State of Mississippi.

Jacob Scott is charged with numerous felonies related to the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.
Jacob Scott is charged with numerous felonies related to the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.)

Scott is facing several charges related to the sexual assault of a Jackson County teen, including allegations that he impregnated the 14-year-old girl.

Scott was extradited from Oklahoma to Harrison County for his federal court appearance before being brought back to Pascagoula to face the state charges.

Jacob Scott was booked into Jackson County Adult Detention Center on Feb. 26, 2020.
Jacob Scott was booked into Jackson County Adult Detention Center on Feb. 26, 2020. (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.)

Jackson County, with Sheriff Mike Ezell and other investigators led Scott into the Adult Detention Center Wednesday afternoon.

On July 30, 2018, just days before he was set to plead guilty to those charges, Scott vanished. His dinghy boat was later found, along with a gun and a suicide note, in Orange Beach, Ala. Authorities have maintained since then that strong evidence indicated Scott faked his own death.

Jacob Scott is escorted into Jackson County Jail Wednesday following a heading in federal court.
Jacob Scott is escorted into Jackson County Jail Wednesday following a heading in federal court. (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.)

After searching for 18 months for Scott, he was named to the U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted List. Just hours after marshals announced that list, Scott was found in Oklahoma, where police say he had been living the entire time in a camper and going back the name “Luke."

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