Scottsbluff man faces child abuse and protection order violation charges

Charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of violating a protection order (Source Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office)
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - With a history of violating protection orders, a Scottsbluff man now faces child abuse charges.

According to the affidavit, a CapStone interview with two victims stated Jeffrey Rotherham knowingly violated a protection order against him that forbidden him from speaking to another woman.

The order was served in January and was revised in April and handed to him in May. During this time, Rotherham spoke to the two minors numerous times about the woman and placed them in the middle to relay information including money. When the victims didn’t do as he said, Rotherham became angry causing a scene multiple times that had to be broken up.

Officers note in the affidavit Rotherham has violated a protection order over 200 times against two separate women in the last year.

Because officers believe he endangered a child’s life or physical or mental health, cruelly confined or cruelly pushed the child or deprived the child of necessary food, clothing, shelter or care, Rotherham is facing two counts of felony child abuse and a domestic abuse protection order violation; his second offense.

Rotherham is currently housed in Scotts Bluff County Detention Center on 10% of $500,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 18th.