Husband of Nu Skin co-founder sent to jail for inappropriately touching woman

(Courtesy photo) Robert Clark McKell

The husband of the co-founder of Provo-based skin care company Nu Skin will spend a year in jail after admitting to inappropriately touching an 18-year-old woman.

Robert Clark McKell, 57, pleaded guilty in November to four counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

McKell admitted in plea agreement documents that on four occasions in January 2013, he touched the woman’s buttocks or breasts in a way that he “should have known might cause affront or alarm.”

Fourth District Judge Thomas Low sentenced McKell to a year in jail on Friday, followed by 36 months probation.

McKell was originally charged in 2013 with three counts of object rape and one count of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies, as well as two counts of second-degree felony forcible sex abuse. A judge dismissed several of the charges at a preliminary hearing, finding there was not enough evidence for those counts to move forward. The remaining charges were reduced as part of a plea deal.

McKell is married to Nu Skin co-founder Nedra Roney McKell, 62, who faced charges herself in connection to her husband’s sexual assault case for allegedly harassing the victim. She pleaded no contest to violating a protective order in 2015, and the case was later dismissed.

The wife has not worked for Nu Skin since the late 1980s and is no longer a major shareholder in the company.