By Debbie Gregory.
Marine Colonel Kevin Scott was among the 300 individuals arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in a prostitution sting.
Scott, 51, allegedly approached an undercover detective on October 14th and offered to pay for sex. He was among 277 people charged in the sting.
On temporary duty to U.S. Central Command when he was arrested, Scott works in the joint force directorate of the Joint Staff in Suffolk, Virginia. He has served in the Marine Corps since 1984.
The sting involved undercover officers posing as prostitutes and customers, and the posting of fake ads and profiles on social media sites.
Scott was charged with a misdemeanor count for soliciting a prostitute and was released on $500 bail.
The pre-Halloween sting, called “Operation No Tricks, No Treats” demonstrates that the sheriff’s office has slightly skewed sense of humor.
Scott rented a car and drove to the location where he met the undercover detective. Sheriff Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had the unfortunate job of calling the government to say, “Hey would you like to come get your leased car ’cause your colonel is on the way to the county jail.” That’s right, Scott used a government credit card to pay for the car rental!
The scandal is the most recent in a string of incidents involving high-ranking officers. But Scott did try to keep his Marine status out of the scandal.
“He said he was retired and he was no longer in the Marine Corps,” according to Sheriff Judd. “That’s not true.”