Former Pepperdine Law Employee Arrested in Underage Predator Sting Dies by Suicide
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Former Pepperdine Law Employee Arrested in Underage Predator Sting Dies by Suicide

On August 13th, CC UNIT, a child activist organization that catches online predators preying on minors, was instrumental in the arrest of Scott Woeckel, a Senior Analyst-Instructional Systems at Pepperdine School of Law, who was taken into police custody after an in-person meeting he believed was going to be with a 13-year old girl with the intentions of having sex with the minor. Woeckel had been planning the in-person meeting with what he believed to be a minor via an online app.

The following photos are from the sting operation with Woeckel posted on CC UNIT’s Instagram account.

Once the live sting operation hit social media with Woeckel being arrested by Glendale Police Department, Pepperdine University social media accounts were hit with an avalanche of backlash for their lack of attention to and refusal to respond to online inquiries about Woeckel, his employment at the University and the arrest.

Woeckel was ultimately charged with arranging to meet a minor for sexual purposes, a sexual offense. His bail was $100,000, according to the report.

On August 15th, Pepperdine issued a statement regarding Woeckel’s arrest which has now been deleted from their website. The statement has since been deleted from their website.

According to an update from the Pepperdine Graphic, Woeckel was terminated on August 29th.

Today, someone with intimate knowledge of Woeckel’s history of behavior posted on The Local Malibu Facebook page that “this was not the first time he’s engaged in unlawful acts with underage kids” and detailed recent activity including Woeckel having close friends witness and sign his will a few weeks ago.

Malibu Daily News confirmed Woeckel’s death with the L.A. County Coroner’s office.




September 10, 2023

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Malibu Daily News Editor in Chief Cece Woods founded The Local Malibu, an activism based platform, in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of two ballot measures, seating three Malibu City Councilmen in 2016 and the supporting the top two vote-getters again in 2020.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings and a few short months later, provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over 1 million hits across her social media platforms.