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Chris Nelloms
-- former Olympic hopeful sentenced to life in prison

  Chris Nelloms was a world-class sprinter from Dunbar High School who seemed destined for Olympic glory.
  But his Olympic opportunities were repeatedly derailed, and by the time he was 27 he was in prison, sentenced to four life terms for the rape of a child under 13.
  He was an All-American in track while at Dunbar High School, a star sprinter at Ohio State and reached the quarter-finals in the 1996 Olympic Trials for the 200-meter race. But his life was often troubled.
   In August 1992, Nelloms was seriously wounded by a gunshot while running about 2:30 a.m. in Trotwood. In September 1996, he was sentenced to 90 days in the workhouse after pleading guilty to an assault stemming from a January 1996 fight with two teen-age boys in Trotwood.
  And then in June1998 he was indicted on ten rape-related charges involving a 12-year-old girl and on Jan. 8, 1999 he was convicted.On Feb. 12, 1999 Nelloms was sentenced to four life terms. He mus serve at least 40 years before he is eligible for parole.

Chris Nelloms is led away in handcuffs after his conviction.
JAN UNDERWOOD / DAYTON DAILY NEWS

Selected Dayton Daily News Stories:

DAYTON
OLYMPIC GLORY ALWAYS SEEMED JUST OUT OF REACH.
This time it may be gone forever.

Tom Archdeacon
Published: 05/09/98 -- Page: 1A

DAYTON
TRACK STAR CHRIS NELLOMS CHARGED IN RAPE
* One-time Olympic hopeful and current coach denies guilt while negotiating terms of surrender.

By Lou Grieco DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 05/09/98 -- Page: 1A

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
NELLOMS INDICTED ON 10 RAPE-RELATED COUNTS

By Rob Modic DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 06/05/98 -- Page: 1B

COURTS
NELLOMS FOUND GUILTY
* A jury says the former Olympic track hopeful sexually assaulted a young girl over a two-year period.

By Rob Modic DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 01/09/99 -- Page: 1A

COMMENTARY
THE RUNNER STUMBLES; THE FALL IS BAD

Tom Archdeacon
Published: 01/09/99 -- Page: 1A

  

  

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File Created: 1-9-1999
Prepared by: Dayton Daily News Library staff
Sources: DDN reports