Jacksonville man sentenced for sexual abuse of 2 children

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - A Jacksonville man has been sentenced for aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of injury to a child for the abuse of two infants.

Dickie Paul Bellanger received two 75 year sentences to be served consecutively for each count of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

He was also handed down two 10 year sentences for each count of injury to a child.

The mother of the children involved, who was the girlfriend of Bellanger, took the children to East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville, after examining the children the hospital authorities notified the Jacksonville Police Department.

Examination of both children, a 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, showed their injuries to be consistent with sexual assault.

Bellanger, along with his mother, Candi Jean Bellanger were arrested in May of 2009. She was arrested for not taking action to prevent or report the abuse.

Emergency protective orders were placed on both of the defendants, prohibiting them from having contact with any children under the age of 17 without DPS being present.

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