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Former Athens Co. Deputy Pleads Guilty To Charges Related To Bellar Case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB)— A former Athens County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to a disorderly conduct charge related to the Bellar family case. Jimmy Childs, also a former school resource officer in the county, was arrested in May and originally charged with felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. Prosecutors alleged at the… Read More

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Bellar Case Raises Questions About Possible ‘Systematic Failure’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It took a long, angry post on Facebook to trigger a full investigation into allegations of sexual abuse within an Athens-area family. The post, made last month by a girl who had been hiding from her family for a year, accomplished what three previous reports made through official channels had not…. Read More

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Deputy Accused Of Obstructing Justice In Sexual Abuse Case Makes First Court Appearance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Athens County sheriff sergeant made his first court appearance Monday following his arrest last week on two felony charges. Jimmy Childs, 52, is facing charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice in relation to sexual abuse charges against members of the Bellar family. Childs is accused of deleting a… Read More