Substitute teacher in Manatee accused of sexually abusing 3 girls

Brad Bellingar

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – On Wednesday Manatee County detectives charged an Ellenton man with sexually abusing three girls.

Brad Bellingar, 29, is charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. The victims are ages 10, 12 and 13, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. None of his victims were students.

“Detectives were told the sexual abuse has gone on for several years,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

Bellingar has been working as a substitute teacher for the Manatee County School District since 2011. He’s mostly worked at Ida Stewart Elementary in Bradenton.

Anyone who has more information should call the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011, ext. 1906. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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