Sentencing in child rape case

Scott Gillis

A local man will spend at least a year-and-a-half in state prison, with another five years of extended supervision, on top of various other stipulations for sexual assault of two different minor females at different times, one of whom was just 13 years old. 

Scott Gillis, 19, was originally facing five felony charges in two cases, involving the two different victims. He had faced charges of second-degree sexual assault of a child, two charges of third-degree sexual assault and one charge of second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated victim. The incidents cited allegedly took place last year, from February to April, 2020. Gillis was facing well over 100 years of potential incarceration, if convicted on all five counts.

Gillis appeared before Judge Melissia Mogen on Nov. 8, where she imposed the sentence after an August plea deal to avoid trial. Under terms of the deal, Gillis pleaded guilty to a felony count of third-degree sexual assault, which is a Class G felony, meaning he faced up to 

10 years in prison and up to/or including a $25,000 fine. His remaining four felonies were all dismissed and read-in, which the judge considered at his sentencing.

The criminal complaints against Gillis detail portions of at least two separate incidents involving two female victims, one of whom was apparently 13 years-old at the time of the assault. The other victim was believed to be under age 16. 

“This is a very serious charge,” Judge Mogen reminded Gillis during the plea hearing, which he acknowledged as he pleaded guilty.

The allegations first came to light just under a year ago, when a parent of one of the victims informed police last December, which later led to a second investigation, and ultimately additional charges in a separate case, with the assault(s) alleged to have occurred between February and April of 2020. Both cases had been filed on the same day last January. 

The one incident also noted Gillis’ drug use and how he coerced the victim into becoming intoxicated before he assaulted her. Both assaults include mention that the victims forcefully said ‘no’ and resisted Gillis, one estimated she resisted at least five times. 

There were three people who spoke at the hearing on behalf of the victims, and among them was a parent who noted that Gillis had “Stripped her (a victim) of her innocence,” and suggested an even longer sentence was appropriate.

Judge Mogen cited the seriousness of the crimes in explaining why Gillis was ineligible for certain incarceration programs, and imposed the sentence. Gillis has been free on a $750 bond, which was remanded to the courts as part of his sentence for court and other costs. 

Overall, Judge Mogen imposed 18 months of initial incarceration and five years of extended supervision, adding that he must undergo psychosexual counseling, register as a sex offender for at least a decade, and noted that he can have no Internet or smart  phone access for the entire term of his extended supervision, as well as no contact with any juveniles nor any of the victims or their families. He must also complete a sex offender treatment program and pay a fine, as noted. 

The prosecution had originally sought at least two years of initial incarceration, while Gillis’ defense attorney, Chris Gramstrup, had sought to have that time imposed and stayed, with a focus on counseling.