Former Youth Pastor Andrew Belant Begins Preliminary Hearing in Child Sex Abuse Case

Former youth pastor Andrew Belant pled not guilty to 20 charges stemming from accusations he molested four boys, ages 9 to 13, between January 2007 and March 2008. His preliminary hearing began Thursday, August 7, in Humboldt County Superior Court, CA.

According to the Times-Standard article, Belant was arrested March 1 while employed as a teacher’s aide at Jacoby Creek Elementary School and as a middle school ministry director for the Eureka First Presbyterian Church. Belant also worked at Lafayette Elementary School, the Humboldt Child Care Council and the Triumphant Life Camp.


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