Battle Creek feedlot operator appears in court for two cases
MADISON, Neb. – A northeast Nebraska feedlot operator was back in court Monday for hearings related to two separate cases.
26-year-old Travis Belina, of Battle Creek, was in court for charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of minors, as well as a separate felony theft case, according to court documents filed Monday.
Belina, who pleaded not guilty in October to charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of two teenagers who previously worked for him, was present Monday as Madison County Attorney Joe Smith presented an amended complaint, accusing him of crimes against two additional underage victims.
Belina now faces a total of seven felony counts and three misdemeanors in the case.
Among the felonies Belina faces in the case are three counts of solicitation of a minor, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of child abuse. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual assault and attempted class 1 misdemeanor.
In Belina’s unrelated theft case, Belina’s attorney, Eric Hagen, filed a motion to exclude character witness without a separate hearing, which District Judge Mark Johnson sustained.
In court documents, prosecutors say Belina “did take or exercise control over movable property” exceeding $5,000.
Belina remains out on bond in both cases. He is next due in court on Thursday for the sexual assault case, with a jury trial slated for June. He has a July pre-trial hearing for the theft case, with an August start date for his expected jury trial.