In September of 2019, Bourbon Police Chief Bill Martin was dispatched to Triton Elementary School to speak with Josh Van Houten, Administrative Assistant/Social Worker.
Mr. Van Houten advised that he had observed a white male on school property that he recognized from the Sex Offender Register. Houten said Lloyd Belongia’s children attend school at Triton Elementary and that he had walked into the grassy area around other kids, walked on the sidewalk on the north side of the school, and picked up his children. He said that Mr. Belongia walked on the property of the school between the elementary school and the high school, got into his minivan, and drove away.
Mr. Van Houten provided the Bourbon Police Chief with a copy of Lloyd Belongia’s registration that listed him as a Sexual Violent Predator.
The chief contacted Jennifer Tobias at Kosciusko County Probation Department and she advised that Lloyd Belongia was a transfer from Wisconsin. He then contacted Sharlene Johnson of the Kosciusko County Sheriff ‘s Department Sex Offender Registration and she confirmed that Mr. Belongia was not to be on school property.
The police chief contacted someone with the Wisconsin Parole Board, and she requested a copy of the case report.
On September 13, 2019, the chief filed the case with the Marshall County Prosecutor’s office and an Affidavit for Probable Cause was issued which states that the Bourbon Police Chief believed that probable cause existed for an arrest warrant for Lloyd Belongia for the crime of Unlawful Entry by a Serious Sex Offender, as a Level 6 Felony.
UPDATE: Marshall County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Aldridge said a warrant was issued for Lloyd Belongia in October 2019. Subsequently, the defendant was arrested on the warrant January 18, 2020. Mr. Belongia retained an attorney, had an initial hearing, and, on or about Janary 21, 2020 posted a $2,500 cash bond. Belongia then failed to appear for a status hearing on October 1, 2020 and a subsequent warrant was issued.
Lloyd Belongia, 43, of Oklahoma City came to the Marshall County Jail on Tuesday, September 5th at 10:35 in the morning and turned himself in. He is currently being held with NO BOND.
Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.