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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Former Ashland dispatcher convicted

ASHLAND

A former dispatcher in the Ashland fire department was convicted yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court on three charges of rape and abuse of a child under 16, a spokeswoman in the district attorney’s office said.

Jeffrey Belmore, 30, who later became a firefighter-EMT in Charlton, has been found guilty on a total of four counts of rape and abuse of a child and faces life in prison. A jury had issued a guilty verdict on the first count Friday.

Reached at his Southbridge home yesterday, Belmore said he would reserve the opportunity to comment, on the advice of his lawyer.

The Middlesex DA’s office would not comment on the verdict until he is sentenced at 3 p.m. Oct. 10, spokeswoman Melissa T. Sherman said.

The charges stem from assaults spanning November 2000 through summer 2001 in Ashland, both at Belmore’s former apartment and at the Ashland Fire Department. The victim was 14 and 15 at the time.

-- Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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