Andrew Belant, a former teacher's aide and part-time church youth director accused of molesting four young boys, was stabbed in jail Tuesday night, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reported this morning.
The 25-year-old Belant was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and returned to the jail the same night.
According to HCSO information, some time between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., Belant was in a common area in the jail when he was approached by 30-year-old Allen Guilliams, who reportedly stabbed him in the upper arm, shoulder and armpit approximately six times.
The blade of the prison-made shiv was about 7 inches long above the cloth-wrapped handle, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Guilliams, who has been in the jail since Nov. 14 for felony evasion of a peace officer, driving when unlicensed and a parole hold, was booked again for attempted murder and possession of a weapon in jail.
According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Brenda Godsey, who has worked with the HCSO for 17 years, stabbing events are very uncommon at the jail.
”This is the first stabbing I can remember,” she said. “It's significant stuff.”
Belant is scheduled to return to court for a hearing Dec. 8, and his jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 15.