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Parents of Serah Bellar, who alleged a long history of sexual abuse, are sentenced to prison

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The parents of a former Athens County woman who alleged a long history of sexual abuse in the family home while growing up were sentenced to prison Thursday. Robert Bellar, 55, and Deborah Bellar, 50, both pleaded guilty to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and… 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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Judge Unpauses Litigation Over Sex Abuse By Ohio State Doctor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has partly unpaused litigation against Ohio State University over decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor, while noting mediation toward possible settlements should continue as the lawsuits proceed. More than 350 men sued the school for failing to stop Richard Strauss during the late doctor’s tenure, but much… Read More

Lawsuit: W. Va. Teacher Sexually Abused Child, Birthed His Kids

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia man says his middle school teacher sexually abused him for years, gave birth to his children and threatened to take them away if he left her. The Intelligencer reports 28-year-old Christopher Birch is suing former Bridge Street Middle School science teacher and track coach, Elizabeth Harbert, in an… Read More