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Brother’s plea deal ends criminal prosecutions arising from abuse allegations within Bellar family

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A brother of a former Athens County resident who alleged a long history of sexual abuse in her home pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge related to his involvement. Jonathan Bellar, 27, was indicted last year on a charge of gross sexual imposition involving one of his sisters. His parents and… Read More

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Serah Bellar, who alleges a long history of sexual abuse by family, files a federal lawsuit against Athens County

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A former Athens County women filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court related to a long history of sexual abuse she allegedly suffered in her family’s home. Serah Bellar alleges in her lawsuit that the defendants, which include her mother and father, all played a part in either promoting the sexual… Read More