Humbird man pleads no contest, found guilty in human trafficking case

Published: Feb. 17, 2023 at 3:29 PM CST
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EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A man from Clark County pleads no contest and is found guilty in a human trafficking case in Eau Claire County.

A court hearing was held Feb. 17, 2023.

Court records show 59-year-old Mark Scoville Sr. of Humbird, Wis. pleads no contest to count five: human trafficking, count nine: 2nd degree sexual assault and count 14: 2nd degree sexual assault. Court accepts Scoville Sr.’s no contest pleas and finds Scoville Sr. guilty of count five, count nine and count 14. Court orders remaining charges of counts one, three, four, six, seven, eight, 10, 11, 12 and 15 are dismissed and read in. Court orders counts two, 13, 16, 17 and 18 are dismissed.

In April 2021, Scoville Sr. was arrested after Catherine Ottinger of Eau Claire led officers to a tent they were living in together.

Ottinger was sentenced to three years of probation for trying to sell a child for sex in May of last year.

A sentencing hearing for Scoville Sr. is set for June 12, 2023.