MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- An Ellenton man was arrested Wednesday for sexually abusing three young girls

Brad Bellingar, 29, is accused of lewd and lascivious molestation on the three girls, ages 10, 12 and 13. Acting on a tip about Bellingar's activity, detectives began their investigation on November 28.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Bellingar is known to the victims, and abused them "for several years."

Detectives are searching for more information about Bellingar, contact MCSO at 941-747-3011 extension 1906.