After Scott Ernest Allen was found guilty by a jury earlier this month of more than 100 sex crimes, Circuit Judge Brantley Clark Jr. on Tuesday handed down the maximum sentence of three life sentences followed by almost 700 years in prison — all to be served consecutively, court records show.
PANAMA CITY — A Chipley man convicted of molesting a sleeping infant and possessing more than 100 videos of child voyeurism, child pornography and bestiality has been sentenced to spend several lifetimes behind bars.
Scott Ernest Allen, 35, appeared in court Tuesday to learn his fate in a sentence hearing. After a jury found Allen guilty of more than 100 sex crimes, Circuit Judge Brantley Clark Jr. on Tuesday handed down the maximum sentence of three life sentences followed by almost 700 years in prison — all to be served consecutively, court records show.
Allen also was deemed a sexual predator as part of his sentence. He displayed no emotional reaction Tuesday as he stood wearing the yellow jumpsuit of sex offenders and Clark read out the extensive prison term. Allen declined to address the court or any of his victims.
Prosecutor Jennifer Hawkins told the court the infant victim and the victim’s mother were in the courtroom. The victim’s mother declined to speak during the sentencing.
At trial, prosecutors had several key pieces of evidence against Allen that arose from pictures he had taken of himself molesting the infant. Investigators tied a tattoo on the hand of the perpetrator in the picture to Allen’s tattoo, and also matched a thumb print from the digital picture to Allen’s.
While admitting fingerprints into evidence is nothing new, lifting latent prints off digital media only recently has become possible through advances in modern cameras. Allen’s case was only the second in the 14th Judicial Circuit where a conviction was cinched with a digital thumb print, officials said.
It took jurors a little more than an hour after the July 3 trial to convict Allen of a combined 127 sex crimes, including a capital offense of sexual battery on a child under 12.
Allen has been in custody since September 2016 after a child reported a man slid a cellphone under a Goodwill dressing room stall in an attempt to record her changing clothes. Officers later discovered a trove of disturbing videos on Allen’s phone, including him sexually battering a sleeping 2-year-old child.
Security video from the Goodwill store, a good description of the vehicle and a fast-food receipt left inside the changing room led officers to Allen. He was arrested in September and a search of his vehicle revealed several computer storage devices and computer discs, officials wrote.
With Allen wanted on video voyeurism charges, officers obtained a search warrant for the devices, on which officers reported they found images of child pornography and bestiality, as well as photos of Allen committing sexual battery on a child under the age of 12. Some of the recordings dated back more than a year, officers reported.
Allen initially was charged with video voyeurism, possession of child pornography and sexual battery on a child under the age of 12. The Lynn Haven Police Department then filed 116 counts of possession of photographs or videos that depict sexual performances by a child under the age of 12.