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Child Rapist Sentenced To Over 30 Years In Prison

A Cottonwood sexual child predator has gotten the maximum sentence for the plea deal he was given. 50-year-old Scott McLaughlin used his knowledge and involvement in off-road motorcycles to lure young boys to his home so he could rape them. McLaughlin was arrested in November of 2017 and has been in jail ever since on $5 Million bail. He befriended his victims through their shared interest in dirt bike racing. McLaughlin was a self-employed mechanic who specialized in Motocross bikes and quads. After gaining the trust of the boys and their parents, McLaughlin was able to convince an unknown number of victims to come to his Benson Road house for target shooting and sleepovers. That’s when many of the forced sexual assaults were committed. He also accompanied some of the boys to motorcycle races in the Marysville area. Detectives say he sometimes gave alcohol and drugs to the boys before raping them, and then threatened to kill them if they told anyone. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Department has said they’re certain that there are more victims who have remained silent. In March McLaughlin avoided a jury trial by pleading guilty to four felony counts and one misdemeanor. He’s been sentenced to 30 years 10 months in state prison.