Bellrichard arrested again

Published 10:30am Friday, October 11, 2013

An Austin man arrested in September and charged for stalking a teen has been re-arrested.

Loren Bellrichard
Loren Bellrichard

Loren F. Bellrichard, 67 — who has pleaded not guilty in Mower County District Court to allegedly leaving letters and gifts for a 16-year-old girl after he was told to stop — was arrested again this week. Police served Bellrichard with a warrant on Oct. 9, according to court records. The records also indicate Bellrichard violated his conditions of release from jail; however, the violation report is not public record.

Police first arrested Bellrichard in this case on Sept. 20 and said they had warned him in the past about contacting the girl.

According to the court complaint, Bellrichard left letters and notes for the girl in April and May. Officers told Bellrichard to stop, the complaint added; however, the alleged victim then received a bicycle, softball glove, ball and bat on Sept. 20. A note was also with the items; however, it was not signed. Officers said they recognized the writing from previous letters sent by Bellrichard.

Officers later spoke with Bellrichard at a home in the 1600 block of Third Ave. NW, where he allegedly told officers he bought the girl the softball equipment as he thought she would be good at the sport, and he bought the bike so she could get to practice.

Bellrichard was convicted in 1991 for threatening public officials. While in prison on original charges, he sent more threatening letters to public officials, which added seven years to his sentence. In 2010, he also ran for a seat on the Mower County Board but wasn’t elected.

Bellrichard was released earlier this month on $5,000 conditional bail before being arrested again. He has a pretrial is set for Jan. 23. He faces three felony charges for stalking a victim younger than 18.

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