Child molesting case grows against Walmart worker

Police say Walmart employee Matthew Bulmer, 22, of Police say Walmart employee Matthew Bulmer, 22, of Islip Terrace, was arrested at the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Highway and charged with first-degree sex abuse and acting in a manner to injure a child. (Oct. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

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The Walmart employee accused of molesting a child in the bathroom of the Islandia store last month has been charged with sexually abusing another boy over a six-year period, according to a 24-count indictment released Thursday at his arraignment.

The case against Matthew Bulmer, 22, of Islip Terrace ballooned after he was arrested Oct. 19, the day he lured a 5-year-old boy into a toilet stall and molested him, authorities said.

He had sex with another boy from August 2007 to last August, according to the indictment.

"After the media reported on the Walmart incident, an 11-year-old boy disclosed to his parents that he had been the victim of chronic sexual abuse by this defendant from when he was 5 years old through his present age of 11," Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement. "The defendant repeatedly sexually abused this victim."

Photos of children in sex acts, including the victim in the six-year case, were found in Bulmer's cellphone, leading to charges of possession of a sexual performance of a child, authorities said.

Several photos appeared to have been downloaded from porn websites, said Robert Clifford, Spota's spokesman.

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In the case of the 5-year-old boy, Bulmer was arraigned on three felonies -- first-degree sexual abuse, luring a child, attempted use of a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony -- and one misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a child.

Bulmer tried to photograph the boy's genitalia with his cellphone, Clifford said.

In the other case, Bulmer was charged with 11 felonies, including predatory sexual assault of a child; first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child; first-degree criminal sexual act; first-degree sexual abuse; use of a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony; and possession of a sexual performance of a child. He was also charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Bulmer was held without bail. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the top charge, predatory sexual assault.

His attorney, Rashika Hettiarachchi of North Babylon, said her client denies all the allegations.

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