Belmont County man pleads guilty to 3 charges involving minor

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) — A Belmont County man entered guilty pleas Tuesday to three counts involving sex with a 13-year-old girl.

41-year-old Derrick Ellington of Bellaire pled guilty to unlawful sexual contact with a minor and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Officials say Ellington allegedly had sex with a young girl, who was a family friend, and sent graphic pictures of himself to her.

Common Pleas Judge John Vavra accepted Ellington’s plea, and set his sentencing for September 9.

Ellington could get a maximum of seven years behind bars.

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