Second jury trial for MC man charged with sex crimes underway Monday

A second Marion County Circuit Court jury trial of a Summit man charged with sexual indecency with a child and sexual assault get underway Monday morning.  A jury of six men and six women was seated, and late Monday afternoon the state was still presenting its case.

The case against 47-year-old Scotty Joe Scaggs, who was serving as a volunteer chaplain in the Marion County jail at the time of his arrest in 2017, ended in a mistrial in December.

Marion County Sheriff's Captain William Batterton said at the time Scaggs was charged, he was immediately suspended as chaplain.

Just days before the December mistrial, the charges against Scaggs were amended to the current three felony counts. In 2017, the Marion County man was charged with three additional felonies, including two counts of rape.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the charges stem from allegations involving more than one child between October 2007 and January 2008.

In May 2017, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Department was contacted by an investigator with the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police.

The investigator said a report had been taken regarding a juvenile female, along with several other children, who spent the night with Scaggs after a family get together. The victim said Scaggs made her take off her clothes and dance on a dresser. The victim also alleges Scaggs made her kiss other children and sleep in his bed, where he touched her inappropriately and made inappropriate comments.

Scaggs is represented by attorney Justin Hurst of Hot Springs.

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