Joshua L. Skaggs

Joshua L. Skaggs

Former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Lee Skaggs, 26, of Mineral Point will serve 60 days in the Jefferson County Jail for sexually abusing two girls who were younger than 15, court documents show.

Skaggs pleaded guilty to first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, a class D felony, and second-degree sexual abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

On Tuesday (Oct. 6), Jefferson County Div. 1 Circuit Judge Joseph A. Rathert sentenced Skaggs to one year in jail for the misdemeanor charge. However, Skaggs’ sentence for the misdemeanor was suspended, and he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, court documents show.

Rathert also suspended imposing a sentence for the felony, and Skaggs was placed on five years’ probation, according to court records.

Skaggs will not be allowed to have contact with the victims or the victims’ parents. He will have to stay 1,000 feet away from the victims during his probation, and he will have to register as a sex offender, court papers said.

One victim said Skaggs abused her on July 4, 2019, and July 31, 2019. The other victim said Skaggs abused her on Sept. 3, 2019. Both incidents occurred in Jefferson County.

The incidents happened while Skaggs was off duty, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Skaggs was charged on Dec. 13, 2019, and turned himself in to authorities on Dec. 18, 2019, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.

Skaggs was fired from the Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 6, 2019, one day after the allegations came to light, and an internal investigation began, Bissell said.

He said Skaggs had been with the department since June 2016.