• Matt Esnayra

35-year-old Long Beach city employee charged with sexually assaulting a child

An employee from Long Beach's Department of Financial Management was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl almost ten years ago, the police department announced.


The suspect is 35-year-old Long Beach resident Paul Skelly has been with the City's Department of Financial Management for the past 13-years. There is a Linkedin account under the suspect's name with the job title of "Mechanic for the City of Long Beach."

  • Police initiated the investigation into Skelly in January when the victim came forward with her story that a "family acquaintance" sexually abused her as a child ten years ago.

  • Skelly was arrested at his workplace at 2600 N. Temple Avenue at 3:45 p.m. and will be suspended without pay pending the investigation's outcome, police said.

  • Skelly was booked on one felony charge of sexual abuse involving a minor and is being held on $100,000 bail. Detectives believe there may be additional victims who were acquainted with Skelly.

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