ND man charged with raping, beating prostitute at Minot hotel
MINOT, N.D. -- A 28-year-old Bowbells man has been accused of beating and raping a woman at a Minot hotel.
Scott Andrew Flood is charged in district court in Minot with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition and Class C felony aggravated assault. He made an initial appearance in court on Monday, Feb. 26, where Judge Gary Lee set bond at $100,000 cash or corporate surety.
Ward County Assistant State's Attorney Caitlyn Pierson told the judge that the alleged victim suffered a ruptured ear drum in the assault and Flood could be a danger to the community. Flood has a past 2009 felony conviction from Idaho and was charged with domestic violence in 2017, according to Pierson.
The assault allegedly occurred on Feb. 19. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the alleged victim, who was born in 1998, was working as a prostitute and had met Flood on the website Plenty of Fish.com.
The woman and a friend, who was born in 1999, were staying in a room at the Sleep Inn in Minot and Flood attacked her and tried to strangle her when she told him his time was up and it was time for him to leave. Flood had offered her more money for more time and she refused because he didn't have the cash on him. Flood then choked, beat and raped the woman. The alleged victim said she scratched Flood near the eye during the physical struggle and that she coughed up blood after he tried to strangle her. Flood then escaped out the window, leaving behind his wallet and an Idaho driver's license.
The woman's friend was waiting in the bathroom during the first part of the encounter. The friend told police she came out when she heard a struggle and saw Flood on top of the alleged victim with his hand over her mouth. She ran out of the room, tried to go back and couldn't get into the room. She then went to the hotel desk clerk to ask for help. She and the clerk found the alleged victim beaten up and an ambulance was called.
The alleged victim told police that Flood had used the name "Scott Davis" when he responded to an ad she placed on the Plenty of Fish.com dating website.
Flood's wife had earlier called the Minot police department and told them that Flood was at the Sleep Inn in Minot and had tried to meet prostitutes, according to the affidavit. Police also interviewed a family that had been staying in the hotel room nearby and they also reported hearing a woman scream in the room and a man telling her to "calm down."
The alleged victim and her friend had been evasive with some details of their initial report to police because they were afraid of being charged with prostitution, according to the affidavit.
If convicted of the charges, Flood could face up to life in prison without parole and could be ordered to register as a sex offender. There would be a minimum 20 year sentence on the gross sexual imposition charge.