Judge amends no-contact order so kids can see father in jail

Cary Ashby • Sep 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A judge has ruled a domestic violence defendant's children will be able to see him while he is in jail.

However, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant, Robert E. Belt Jr., 25, of 110 Washington St., Willard, still isn't allowed to have any association with the female victim. Conway said he would amend his original no-contact order so the children can see Belt at the jail, but reminded the woman it's up to Huron County Jail officials if the children are allowed for visitations.

"I would like to be able to bring the kids up to the jail to see Robert. They haven't seen him since October," she said before the judge made his ruling Tuesday.

Belt has been unable to post a $15,000 bond. He is charged with domestic violence in connection with an Oct. 30 incident. If convicted, Belt faces nine months to three years in prison.

According to common pleas court records, there is a temporary protection order involving Belt in Norwalk Municipal Court.

Belt had inquired earlier about the no-association order being lifted, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said, but the suspected victim wasn't in court at the time.

"She would like it lifted," Longo added before the woman addressed Conway.

Belt's trial date is Sept. 30.

"This would be a two-day trial," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Also, Kasper said she and Longo haven't begun any plea negotiations, but the state is open to a deal.

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