City of Long Beach employee charged with 3 felonies in sexual abuse case

A Long Beach city employee arrested last week on suspicion of sexually abusing a 5-year-old child is now facing three felony charges in the case, according to court records.

Paul Skelly, a 35-year-old garage attendant in the city’s fleet services bureau, appeared in court for the first time Monday to face the charges. He did not enter a plea.

Police said they arrested Skelly at one of the city’s vehicle yards on Thursday, March 18, and on Monday, prosecutors charged him with one count each of oral copulation or sexual penetration with child 10 years old or younger, lewd act upon a child under age 14, and continuous sexual abuse.

At the time of his arrest, police said Skelly was suspected of sexually abusing a family acquaintance about 10 years ago. The victim, “recently decided to come forward with the information and report the incident to police,” the department said in a statement.

Police said detectives believe there may be other acquaintances Skelly abused, but it’s unclear from court records whether the charges filed Monday involve more than one victim. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office did not provide any more details about the circumstances of the case Tuesday.

Skelly is currently being held on $1.6 million bail, jail records show. He and his attorney could not be reached for comment.

Skelly, who is a 13-year employee of the city, has been suspended from his job without pay, police said.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with charging information from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.