Commonwealth v. Christopher Gerald Skorets - Abduction, Assault of Girlfriend Draws 15-Year Prison Sentence

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Christopher Gerald Skorets, 19 years old, of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, pled guilty and was sentenced today for charges of Sodomy, Abduction, Strangulation, Assault and Battery Family Member (2 counts), and False ID to Law Enforcement.  In accordance with a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci sentenced Skorets to thirty (30) years and 36 months in prison with all but fifteen (15) years suspended.

Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on October 6, 2018, a Virginia Beach police officer observed Christopher Skorets and a woman, later identified as his girlfriend, walking along railroad tracks on Baker Road in Virginia Beach.  Skorets did a double take and gave an odd look to the officer, who noticed that the woman had a hoodie on her head even though it was warm outside.  The officer asked if they needed help, and observed that the woman had a large black eye. 

Skorets provided a false name to the officer.  When the officer learned the correct name, he learned that Skorets had outstanding warrants in Pennsylvania for charges including aggravated assault against the woman.  She told police that Skorets had been physically and sexually abusive to her since they began staying in Virginia Beach on October 1, 2018. In addition to the black eye, the woman had ligature marks on her back, bruises on her arms and legs, a cut on her forehead and a cut on her finger, scratches on the back of her neck, and the hair on her head was shaved off.  She also told police that Skorets had prevented her from escaping him.  When interviewed by police, Skorets admitted to a number of the offenses. 

​Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Paul J. Powers prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.