2 face drugs, sex offender charges in McCracken County

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Two people face charges for drugs and sex offender registration in McCracken County.

Scotty R. Skaggs, 45, of Baskett faces charges of failure to comply with sex offender registration (2nd offense), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cynthia C. Lawler, 48, of Paducah faces charges of failure to comply with sex offender registration (facilitation), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On May 26, detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in relation to a string of thefts.

A sheriff’s detective recognized the man in surveillance video from the theft as Scotty Ray Skaggs.

Sheriff’s detectives and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Skaggs in 2019 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and for being a non-compliant sex offender.

Detectives found Skaggs and Lawler at a home on Old North Friendship Road.

Skaggs was found to again be living at a home that was non-compliant with the terms of his sex offender registry, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office. A search of the home found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Skaggs has a lengthy criminal history including arson, sodomy 2nd degree, unlawful transaction with a minor, assault 2nd degree, multiple counts of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, drug and theft related charges, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office. Skaggs also has a current case pending in Lyon County. More charges are expected as the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office completes their investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Ballard County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole.

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