City employee arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 5-year-old a decade ago

A 13-year employee of the city of Long Beach was arrested Thursday afternoon based on accusations that he sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl about a decade ago, authorities said.

Long Beach Police Department detectives arrested 35-year-old Paul Skelly at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at one of the city’s vehicle yards at 2600 Temple Ave., according to the department. Records show Skelly is a garage services attendant in the city’s fleet services bureau, which is part of financial management department.

Skelly was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse involving a minor, a felony, and was being held on $100,000 bail, according to authorities. Detectives believe there may be more victims “who were acquainted with Skelly,” according to a release from the LBPD.

The LBPD said its investigation began Jan. 10 when officers responded to a report of sexual abuse against a child at a Bixby Knolls home near Carson Street and Orange Avenue. Authorities said that Skelly is a family acquaintance of the victim and the alleged sexual assault happened about 10 years ago. The release said that the vicim had recently come forward to report the incident to the police.

Although the allegations are not related to this work at the city, the release said that Skelly had been suspended by the city without pay until the outcome of the investigation, which is ongoing.

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.
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