A Walmart employee accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy in a bathroom at the Islandia store last month is facing life in prison after a second alleged victim came forward with similar allegations.
Matthew S. Bulmer, a 22-year-old Islip Terrace man, repeatedly sexually abused a boy for six years until he was arrested on the Walmart case on Oct. 19, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Arraigned on a 22-count indictment in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead on Thursday, Judge Barbara Kahn ordered Bulmer held without bail.
John Cortes, an assistant district attorney handling the case, said Bulmer took advantage of access he had to the now 11-year-old boy, sexually abusing him from the time he was 5. He only revealed what had been happening when the media reported Bulmer's arrest, the ADA said.
"It's a parent's worst nightmare," Cortes said.
Naked images of the boy were also discovered on Bulmer's cellphone -- the same cellphone with which he tried to use to take a picture of the 5-year-old victim in the Walmart bathroom, Cortes said.
Bulmer is allegedly caught on video luring the boy into the men's bathroom at the store on Veteran's Memorial Highway while the boy had been shopping with his mother.
He allegedly took the boy into a stall and molested him, and then tried to snap a photo of them, but the boy prevented it. Before the boy left, Bulmer have him $20 "as payment for fondling the child's genitals," Cortes told the judge.
Parents are worried about letting their children use public restrooms, Cortes said. "This is the perfect example of why," he said.
Detectives analyzed the phone and found the images of the 11-year-old boy, as well as images of "young children engaged in lude sexual acts," from websites Bulmer visited many times, Cortes said.
The top charge Bulmer is facing is four counts of predatory sexual assault on a child, a felony, that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life on each count. He is also charged with felony possession of sexual performance by a child, among several others, including the original charges of sex abuse in the first degree, a felony that carries a maximum 7-year sentence.
Bulmer, who has been held on $5,000 bail since his arrest, pleaded not guilty.
His court appointed attorney, Rashika N. Hettiarachchi, of North Babylon, said his latest accuser's father has a grudge against him. "He has been harassing my client for years," she said.
Bulmer was never arrested before, she said.
The judge also issued orders of protection for the two children.