Comedian skips act, avoids Ogden arrest for child porn

Nov 4 2009 - 11:54pm

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LAYTON -- Scotty Lee, a popular comedian who was scheduled to perform at an Ogden comedy club last Friday, is wanted by Layton police on felony charges of possession of child pornography, according to court records.

The comedian, whose real name is Scott Lee Russell, has a $30,000 outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

Authorities in Layton learned Friday he was to appear at Wiseguys Comedy Cafe in Ogden and asked Ogden police to pick him up during his show, said Layton Police Lt. Quinn Moyes.

When officers showed up, Russell was not there.

Russell, 24, is charged with three felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in Davis County.

He was initially arrested by Layton police in September 2008 on suspicion of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, but those charges were referred to Salt Lake County after investigators discovered the alleged offenses occurred there, Moyes said.

Court records show that Russell pleaded guilty in March to two felony charges of sexual battery in Salt Lake County. Those charges were filed two months after his 2008 arrest in Layton.

As part of a plea deal, those charges were both reduced to class A misdemeanors and Russell was ordered to complete 18 months of probation and pay a fine.

Court records also state that a woman obtained a temporary restraining order against Russell in 2nd District Court in Farmington in October 2008.

After the allegations Russell was involved with the underage girl, Layton police obtained a search warrant and confiscated Russell's laptop, which was sent to a state crime lab.

Investigators found pornographic images of the teen on that computer, Moyes said, and the felony warrant was issued in May.

However, by the time the warrant was obtained, Russell had moved from his Layton address and authorities have been unable to locate him since.

According to Russell's Web site, he is based in Salt Lake City.

A man who answered a call from the Standard-Examiner to a number listed as Russell's on his Web site hung up after he was asked for comment on this story.

Wiseguys confirmed Russell was scheduled to do two shows last Friday night along with other stand-up comedians, but that he notified the club earlier that day that he had an emergency and could not make it. He was replaced with another comic.

Club owner Keith Stubbs said Russell does not frequent the club and has only performed there once before.

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