A former aide at the state school for the severely handicapped found guilty of sexually abusing a student will spend five years in prison and be a lifelong registered sex offender.
Robbie Gene Skokowski, 49, of Eldon, was charged with statutory sodomy in 2009. Skokowski was sentenced on Sept. 4 in Miller County Circuit Court.
The sentencing was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Ken Hayden.
Skokowski was found guilty following a bench trial in April of this year. In his ruling, Hayden found that Skowkowski was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to court documents, Skokowski was arrested after a teacher and the director of the school said they saw him "with his face in the genital area of the victim."
The alleged abuse occurred during a bathroom break. The student Skokowski was accused of abusing can't talk and is not ambulatory. The student was 16 at the time. Skokowski was responsible for helping with seven other male students.
The Eldon Police Department and the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team investigated the incident. During questioning Skokowski denied any wrongdoing, according to the probable cause statement. The teacher and the director both signed sworn statements.
Skokowski was on leave from the facility when the charges were filed.
The school is located in Eldon. It serves students with severe disabilities from surrounding school districts. Students are referred to the school when a local district is unable to meet educational needs.