Scottsbluff — A Scottsbluff accused of violating a protection order has also been charged with child abuse.

Jeffrey Rotherham, 41, has been charged with second offense violation of a protection order, a Class IV felony, and two counts of child abuse, knowingly and intentionally, a Class IIIA felony.

On June 3, an investigator with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department interviewed two children, 13 and 9, at CAPstone as part of an investigation in protection order violations alleged to have been committed by Rotherham. In the affidavit, the investigator accuses Rotherham is accused of more than 200 hundred violations of protection orders, involving two different women.

During the interview with the children, one of the children alleged Rotherham had followed her mom after she had picked up the girl from school and then used his car to make the woman’s car go onto the sidewalk. She said that the incident had involved her father wanting papers from her mother.

The investigator also reported in the affidavit that the child reported a confrontation at a dance recital, in which Rotherham is accused of yelling at the woman and her children after one of the children declined to take money from him. The children also reported that the man uses their social media accounts to monitor conversations with their mother.

Both children described feeling scared during the incidents.

The protection order involving the children’s mother has been in effect since January 2019, according to the affidavit.

A warrant for Rotherham’s arrest was filed on June 5 and he was arrested on June 6. He made his first appearance in Scotts Bluff County Court on charges on June 11, according to online court records.

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Maunette Loeks is the digital news editor of the Star-Herald. Contact her at 308-632-9054 or by email at mloeks@starherald.com.

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