Former WABC Sports Anchor Charged With Raping 14-Year-Old

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    Dr. Marvell Scott

    Former WABC sports anchor Marvell Scott was indicted Tuesday on charges of raping a 14-year-old runaway who was allegedly working as a prostitute.

    Scott, 36, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of rape, patronizing a prostitute and endangering the welfare of a child.

    He has been released on $10,000 bail following his arraignment.

    Prosecutors allege Scott encountered a pimp in Times Square in the afternoon of June 5, 2008 and the pimp arranged for two girls, one 16 and one 18 to accompany Scott back to his apartment in Midtown.  That's where prosecutors allege Scott raped the younger girl. 

    "The defendant raped the 14-year-old girl in his bedroom; the 16-year-old girl was also in the bedroom at the time of the incident," a press release said.

    Scott's attorney maintains that his client was the victim of a shakedown by two prostitutes and a pimp.

    Richard Portale told NBCNewYork the charges are "completely untrue." 

    "There is absolutely no physical or forensic evidence to support the tale that my client had sex with the complainant," he said.

    Scott started at WABC in 2002 but left in May to pursue a career as a doctor specializing in sports medicine. He recently went to Haiti to help treat injured earthquake victims.

    In June, Scott told the New York Daily News that he was going through "some deep soul searching."

    "When you go through situations, it's always a good thing," he said. "It forces you to reevaluate your life — personally, professionally and spiritually. When you put yourself in that position, you tend to come out knowing more about yourself."