Logan man sentenced on drug and sexual battery charges

Adam G. Skabelund, 25, of Logan, was sentenced to one day in jail in 1st District Court Monday. Skabelund was charged with possession or use of a controlled substance and sexual battery. Both incidents took place on Oct. 11, 2009, and formal charges were made Dec. 14. The controlled substance charge was originally a second-degree felony. However, Skabelund pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of an A misdemeanor, in a plea agreement. The information for the case stated that Skabelund committed the offense within 1,000 feet of a church. State prosecutors also mentioned the incident took place on campus at USU. Skabelund pleaded no contest to sexual battery for touching the buttocks of another person. Both pleas will be held in abeyance. Judge Clint S. Judkins informed Skabelund that even though he was pleading no contest to sexual battery, it would go on his record as a guilty plea. The prosecutor told the judge that Skabelund had no previous record and had been cooperative with officers during questioning. The prosecutor also said additional facts had surfaced that would prevent the prosecution from proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the sexual battery charge occurred. The prosecutor mentioned the victim supported the amended charges Skabelund pleaded guilty to. It was explained to the judge that Skabelund had suffered a previous back injury that led to his addiction to the prescription drug oxycodone, leading to his unlawful obtaining and consumption of the drug. The prosecuting attorney suggested drug counseling as part of Skabelund’s sentence. Skabelund agreed to begin his one day in jail that morning.

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