Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Raping Teen Boy at Gunpoint

Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Raping Teen Boy at Gunpoint
Scottie Dewayne Nelson

A Houston man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for raping a 15-year-old boy in 2022, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

“It was important that we got justice for the victim in this case and, just as importantly, we are keeping this repeat offender from hurting anyone else ever again,” Ogg said. “We all have to be vigilant because this case shows there are sexual predators who walk among us and they can pull a gun on anyone anywhere.”

Scottie Dewayne Nelson, 49, was sentenced to life in prison late Friday after being convicted of sexual assault of a child between the ages of 14 and 17 for raping a boy on Sept. 11, 2022. It was the second time that Nelson was convicted of raping a child.

Nelson was on the porch outside his home in north Houston when the teen walked by. Nelson called out to the boy to come talk to him and then lured the boy into his home. The victim testified that once they were inside, Nelson pulled a silver handgun and forced the boy to have sex. He also threatened the teen with violence if he told anybody what happened.

The victim’s mother was looking for the boy when he got home, and she called the police. Officers with the Houston Police Department responded to the call, investigated what happened and later arrested Nelson.

Witnesses, including Nelson’s girlfriend, confirmed details the teen knew about Nelson’s bedroom for authorities. A medical examination and DNA evidence also confirmed the teen’s account.

The conviction was the second time Nelson was sent to prison for forcing a child to have sex. In 2010, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 6-year-old boy.

Assistant District Attorneys Timothy Goodwin and Danielle Oxford, who are both assigned to the Crimes Against Children Division of the DA’s Office, prosecuted Nelson in a four-day trial.

“This is every parent’s worst nightmare — a guy down the street calls out to a kid on the street, and it all goes terribly wrong,” Goodwin said. “This defendant preyed on this young boy — threatened him with violence — and now he will die in prison.”