Bruce Escott Pleads Guilty to Sexual Interference

Bruce Escott Pleads Guilty to Sexual Interference
Bruce Escott Pleads Guilty to Sexual Interference

One of two men charged with a series of sex crimes against young people has pleaded guilty to sexual interference.

Bruce Escott, 81, appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday morning where he entered his plea.

The victim was under 16 years old. The charges cover a period of one year, from June 2020 to June 2021.

In all, Escott faces more than a dozen charges spanning decades, with one sexual abuse allegation dating back to 1995.

No pleas have been entered for the remaining charges at this time.

But State’s Attorney Deidre Badcock indicated that both sides had reached a settlement, stating that “a number of matters” would be resolved when Escott is sentenced on Nov. 22.

“That’s why we’re planning a whole day,” Badcock told the court.

Escott is being held at the Bishop’s Falls Correctional Facility.

The intention is to have a report ready by the end of September prior to the ruling.

Trial of co-defendant postponed

Escott’s co-defendant, Tony Humby, has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 charges, including sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

His trial was originally scheduled to begin this month but was postponed after a change of attorney.

Humby’s new attorney, Mark Gruchy, said his client plans to try the case in provincial court.

Tony Humby is escorted into provincial court in St. John’s by sheriff’s deputies last June. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The trial was initially expected to last seven weeks.

Further work is now underway to determine new possible process data.

Humby, 63, is due back in court on July 25 for a status update.

Escott and Humby were neighbors in a trailer court near the airport in St. John’s. They were arrested and charged more than a year ago.

In total there are probably about ten victims.

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