Belmont county man behind bars for allegedly assaulting pregnant girlfriend

Crimes and Courts

The call came in the early hours of Saturday, saying 27-year-old Robert Chilson had beaten his live-in girlfriend.

A sergeant with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department responded to the couple’s Elizabeth Street house and found the woman reportedly with facial bruises and swelling.

The sergeant placed Chilson under arrest.

Sheriff Dave Lucas confirms that Chilson was once an employee of the sheriff’s department.

“The sergeant made an arrest for domestic violence and placed the suspect in custody,” said Sheriff Lucas. “It was several years ago that this suspect (Chilson) started in the jail division of the sheriff’s office. And he didn’t complete his probationary period.”

In the sheriff’s words, “He just didn’t work out.”

He said Chilson is no longer in the law enforcement field.

Records show prior domestic calls to the same household in recent months.

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