Scott pleads not guilty to 20 counts, including assault and restraint of a minor

LEWISTOWN — Dante Scott, 33, of Lewistown, pleaded not guilty before Judge Aaron Gingrich Tuesday to 20 counts, spanning two cases.

Scott was charged in March with counts including first-degree felonies of aggravated assault and a second-degree felony of unlawful restraint of a minor after threatening several people, including two minors, at knife-point, court documents indicate.

A juvenile accuser told police Scott was visiting the accuser’s parent on Valley Street and began acting strangely because of drugs he said he had taken. Documents state Scott suddenly grabbed a knife and began threatening to kill the parent. Scott then reportedly started choking and dragging the minor around the residence. Police reported observing both a torn shirt collar and abrasions on the neck of the minor.

The adult accuser reported being threatened in a similar manner, as well as being dragged to the basement by Scott. Scott also threatened to rape the accuser, according to court documents. Both the adult and minor were able to escape the residence.

Following the incident, four witnesses told police Scott forcefully entered a residence on Fifth Street, while holding a knife and what appeared to be a gun. Documents indicate Scott stood in the doorway to the living room and made threats to kill all of them and then himself while waving the knife around.

Police reported arriving as Scott was leaving the second incident scene and he then returned to his own residence. It was during the stand-off that police initially learned about the first incident. The brother of the adult accuser approached officers and advised them that the adult and minor were at the Valley Street residence.

In May, Scott was charged with two counts of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony, in connection to a separate incident.

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