Exxon Mobil Executive Arrested on Sexual Assault Charge in Texas Hotel
Exxon Mobil’s senior vice president and head of its shale oil and gas business, David Scott, was arrested last week on a sexual assault charge at a hotel in Magnolia, Texas. The Montgomery Sheriff’s Office confirmed the arrest, stating that Scott was taken into custody at a La Quinta Inn & Suites hotel.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning when one of the two women present in Scott’s hotel room left and alerted the authorities from the lobby. Efforts to reach Scott for comment were unsuccessful, and it remains unclear if he has legal representation.
Exxon Mobil spokesperson Emily Mir responded to the allegations, stating, “We are aware of the allegations and cannot comment on a personal matter; however, we can say that this individual will not continue work responsibilities as the investigation proceeds.” Mir emphasized the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and code of conduct.
David Scott, 49, has been with Exxon Mobil for over 26 years and has played a significant role in the company’s important oil and gas projects. Originally from Australia, he began his career as an engineer in Melbourne before taking on various positions in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. In 2020, Scott became the head of Exxon’s Permian Basin operations and was later promoted to senior vice president, overseeing all shale oil and gas production.
It is important to note that as a senior vice president, Scott may not have been directly involved in the merger talks with Pioneer Natural Resources, which were reported to be in advanced stages. The potential deal, valued at approximately $60 billion, could be announced in the coming days.
Scott is facing a second-degree felony assault charge and is currently held on a $30,000 bond, according to jail records. If convicted, he could face a minimum of two years and up to 20 years in jail, as per Texas law.
The investigation into the allegations against David Scott is ongoing, and Exxon Mobil has stated that he will not continue his work responsibilities during this time. The company remains committed to upholding its integrity and code of conduct while ensuring a thorough investigation takes place.