Abuser gets two years prison

Calling him “self-absorbed and narcissistic,” a judge sentenced a San Mateo man to two years in state prison Friday for beating and kicking his girlfriend because she cooked his breakfast wrong, then punching her in the face before their child’s baptism.

Scott Watson Adams, 38, pleaded for treatment instead of prison moments before his sentencing.

“I really do need help,” Adams said. “The letting my family down, letting my parents down — I’m just so ashamed.”

But San Mateo Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach pointed to Adams’ prior convictions for domestic violence — one involving the same victim in 2004 and one involving a prior girlfriend in 1996. He continued to batter women, despite attending court-ordered counseling, Mallach said.

“I guess you’re just incapable of taking responsibility, is my analysis,” Mallach said. “You have a systematic pattern of abusing women. That’s who you are. You’re unable to be anything except self-absorbed and narcissistic.”

After a seven-day trial, a jury convicted Adams on May 15 of felony domestic violence, felony assault and misdemeanor domestic violence.

Adams was arrested Jan. 27, 2007, after a San Mateo police officer made a traffic stop on his girlfriend and noticed a bruise on her cheek.

The woman admitted that one day prior, Adams had punched her in the face on the way to their child’s baptism.

He also had become enraged about her cooking his breakfast incorrectly and punched and kicked her in front of their 5-year-old, she told authorities, but she did not report the attack for fear he would get in trouble.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the victim remained uncooperative throughout the case.

At one point, prosecutors offered Adams a plea deal in which he would only serve 90 days in the county jail, but Adams refused and the offer was taken off the table, Wagstaffe said.

Adams’ defense attorney Michelle Bogosian told Mallach her client was having trouble expressing himself, but honestly wanted to change.

“He’s got all these emotions —anger, hurt, frustration. He’s never sought help to deal with them,” she said. “Instead, he lashes out. He recognizes that now and he wants to get the help to deal with the roots of those emotions.”

Wagstaffe said he was pleased with the sentence.

Judge Mallach dealt a basketful of justice today,” he said. “Mr. Adams is the definition of a misogynist. Women don’t do what he wants and the consequence is violence.”

tbarak@sfexaminer.com 

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