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Judge: Child rape suspect must appear in court

Updated: Wednesday, October 16 2013, 03:12 PM EDT

By: NEWS9

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio --

A man accused of raping young girls will appear in a Belmont County court or face more charges.

Richard Jeffrey Hart, of Belmont, had previously said he could not find transportation from a Woodsfield nursing home to St. Clairsville. But a judge ordered that Hart must appear in court next week or he will be arrested.

Hart is currently in a nursing home receiving care after he attempted suicide in March 2012 by jumping off an overpass above County Road 100 in Belmont County.

At the time of his suicide attempt, Hart was free on $200,000 bond after he first faced rape charges.


The Belmont County Sheriff's Office is asking for any other alleged victims who have come in contact with Hart to seek medical attention or call police.

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Judge: Child rape suspect must appear in court


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