Former Fernley youth coach arrested in Montana on child molestation charges

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Robert Perea. The Fernley Reporter

A former Fernley youth coach was arrested in Helena, Mont. on a handful of child molestation charges alleged in Lyon County.

Donald Neil Belgarde, 51, was arrested on a warrant issued Dec. 10 by Canal Township Justice of the Peace Lori Matheus.

According to the Helena Independent Record, court documents state that between June 1, 1998, and Sept. 1, 1999, Belgarde sexually penetrated a child under age 14 in Fernley. According to a criminal complaint, this occurred again with a different child between June and September of 2006. The complaint stated that neither victim was mentally or physically capable of resisting or understanding the nature of the conduct.

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The Independent Record reported that the two lewdness with a child charges come from Belgarde’s alleged inappropriate touching of the first victim between 1998 and 2000. The open or gross lewdness charge stems from an allegation that Belgarde, while nude, showed the second victim pornography in 2005.

Belgarde is currently set to remain in the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center. A court appearance for Belgarde is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 1 p.m.

8 thoughts on “Former Fernley youth coach arrested in Montana on child molestation charges

  • January 7, 2021 at 10:49 am
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    He is currently in Lyon county where he arrived on January 4th.

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    • April 10, 2021 at 3:04 pm
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      Has this person been tried and convicted? Just for my own information have know this man since he was a baby. He meant alot to myself and family as well as to his own family.

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      • September 17, 2021 at 11:07 am
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        Where can find more information on subject

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        • January 12, 2022 at 5:06 pm
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          You can reach out to Nevada Dept of corrections if you’re so concerned with this Child Rapists well being. Or you can try and contact me directly if you’d like to know more.

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        • January 12, 2022 at 6:48 pm
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          Hi, agree with previous reply, they should update this story to inform the public of his conviction. If you go to the Nevada Department of Corrections website, do an inmate search and enter 1250383 as the “Offender ID” This will provide the conviction details.

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      • January 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm
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        Yes Patricia, he is serving life in Nevada dept of corrections for the heinous acts he committed against children.

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  • January 12, 2022 at 5:34 pm
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    Fernley reporter should do a follow up story since there could potentially be more victims. It’s all public information he was sentenced October 4th of 2021. Since he coached for so many years and the abuse went on over decades with different children. A follow up would probably be a good idea. The people should know the truth of what this pedophile has done.

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  • January 12, 2022 at 5:57 pm
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    Hi, agree with previous reply, they should really post an updated story to make the public aware of his conviction. If you go to the Nevada Department of Corrections website and do an inmate search, enter Offender ID 1250383, you will see the charges and details. Link to website below:
    https://ofdsearch.doc.nv.gov/form.php

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