Coach gets 6 months in football rape case probation breach

AP News
Posted: Jul 13, 2015 4:24 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the 2012 rape of a girl by two high school football players has been sentenced to six months in jail for another probation violation.

Former coach Matt Belardine (BEHL'-ahr-deen) was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County court to 180 days for violating his probation with a drunken driving arrest this month. Judge Patricia Cosgrove denied his request for work release.

It was the 27-year-old's second probation violation. Belardine was sentenced last year to two months after being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in Arizona.

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Belardine had pleaded no contest to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking for his role in the party before the rape.