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Former teacher pleads guilty

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SALYERSVILLE – Last month a former Magoffin County teacher pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge regarding inappropriate communications with a student.

In the December 19 pretrial conference, Charles Allen Skaggs, 40, of Coon Creek Road, Salyersville, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Skaggs was sentenced on the same day to 365 days, to serve 180 on home incarceration, with credit for one day previously served and the balance of 185 days to be conditionally discharged for a period of two years if he meets all the requirements of his conditional discharge. 

According to the conditions set by the court, he cannot violate the law, violate a domestic violence order or emergency protective order (or commit an act to cause a DVO to be issued), must pay the court costs (which he has already done), keep the circuit clerks’ office advised of his current address and must work faithfully with suitable employment. 

He is also ordered to have no contact with the minor victim, a 15-year-old child.

The hearing was overseen by District Judge Kenneth Profitt, who was a special judge appointed to the case. 

The case began in May after Magoffin County Schools Superintendent Stanley Holbrook received a call from a parent, alleging that a teacher had corresponded with a juvenile through social media, Kentucky State Police and child services investigated the case. Skaggs was indicted by a Magoffin County grand jury in September. 

Skaggs was reportedly a physical education teacher at Herald Whitaker Middle School, which at the time was housed in the same building as the high school. After the allegations were reported to the superintendent, he was suspended without pay until further notice and he has since resigned from his position.

 

 

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