Second Boy Accuses Walmart Employee Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge of Molesting, Raping Him

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.
Andrea Casoria Gebler November 07, 2013 at 12:59 PM
I certainly hope street justice prevails to this scum bag every day for the rest of his life. what I dont understand is how this child was allowed to wander off and use a restroom by himself in a store with the reputation that Walmart has. Not only was he unsupervised but the amount of time for this to have occurred didnt raise concern for the adult in charge? Not to minimize this crime but we cannot, as proven by this incident, leave such young children unattended in such a public place. He is only 5.
Missy YouToo November 07, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Only maximum of 7 years. People like this guy are dangerous and maybe next time when he is free will kill the victims. They NEVER stop. When will liberalism protect children?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 07, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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. One of the other charges carries a max of 7 years.
Valerie November 07, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Andrea- I was thinking the same thing, that poor child shouldn't have been allowed in a public bathroom ALONE. I take my 9 year old in the woman's bathroom with me if his father is not with me, I don't care, I don't trust anyone.
jill November 07, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Must be a misprint -$5000 bail
Cammie Sammartino November 07, 2013 at 11:38 PM
shawn wilson November 08, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Public Execution!
Phil Collins November 08, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Poor Wal Mart first they try Union Bashing and now their employee is abusing little boys in their store, it's Target and K Mart for me now.
Marian Clark November 08, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I'm a little confused where was the little boy's mom at the time I mean 5 years old WTH and how did he have access to him for 6 yrs something's not right. And really I never ever let my little grandchildren go in the men's room by them selves I take them into the women's restroom.
Carol Galvin November 08, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I certainly do not understand HOW a 5 - 11 year old boy could CONSTANTLY be molested in a public store's lavatory??!! Who took him to Walmart all of the time and allowed him to go to the men's room all of the time?? Why would the boy go back to Walmart for so many years? There is a lot more to this story. The parenting here is very bad and neglectful.
Deborah Becker November 09, 2013 at 08:23 AM
there is more to this story..seems mommy needed money for her addiction and used her son to get it..this is so bad, so bad...and carol, marian, and all, your spot on about what has been going on...i am appalled that the law isn't shaking their heads and saying "we need to investigate this boys parent also"...this is not right and very sick whoever had custody of this little guy and allowed this to happen...our poor children, used like pawns in any situation...abused, tortured, sold for money..just sickens me..i pray this pedophile gets his just due in prison, and whoever this guardian of the child is also charged...this boy will never be right..he just won't...i am so sad and my heart is just breaking...i never let my kids go alone in any public restroom, or anywhere i can't see them..
Kelly November 09, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Carol - The 5 year old was only lured into the bathroom on that one occasion. It was after this sicko was arrested that the 11 year old came forward to say that he was also being abused by this guy for prior 6 years. I don't think he was abusing the 11 years old at Walmart. He was just generally abusing him for 6 years.
Abigaill Tomsen November 09, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Was the article that poorly written or was this boy 'forced' into the men's room at Wal-Mart for 6 years? I don't know who to be more sorry for, the 6 years of abuse the boy went through, or 6 years of employment at Wal-Mart the purp went through
Laura Ricker November 09, 2013 at 12:26 PM
The article is a little confusing. Like many of you, at first I thought it was saying that somehow this guy had been getting the same child into a Walmart bathroom repeatedly for 6 years. However, upon reading it more carefully, it never actually says where he was molesting the boy he had been molesting for 6 years at. It could be that he is a neighbor or relative of that boy. It is a 2nd victim that he molested once who he had "lured" into the Walmart bathroom in order to molest him and it was that one time he tried this at Walmart that he was caught and then the victim he had been molesting for 6 years came forward after he got caught over his new victim. Again the article didn't say how he "lured" the boy in there, but it didn't sound as if the mother had sent him in there alone. She may have been browsing near the restrooms and the guy had candy or a toy or something.
Thomas J Burke November 09, 2013 at 03:15 PM
He is a pederast. Some say peopleare born thatway andothers say it is a sickness. The point is that he did not resist the urge whether it is natural or not. He did not resist because he was raised in this permissive culture where children are taught it is all about their rights and nobody else.
ray November 09, 2013 at 03:47 PM
See? That's why they pay these losers minimum wage.
Bob B November 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM
ray - what a silly statement. How is making minimum wage in any way related to this sad story? Are you saying this would not have happened if the criminal was being paid more money? His criminal actions in no way reflect upon Walmart or the ir employees. It reflects only on the perpetrator and (perhaps) the parents of the child who allowed their 5 year old (and older) unsupervised access to a public restroom. Your statement is just as ridiculous as those who say that ALL priests are pedophiles. Anyone, with a centilla of a brain would know that money - especially in the US - doesn't guarantee moral behavior.
Sally Wieck November 10, 2013 at 01:54 PM
If son was shopping with mother, why did mother let him be in the bathroom that long without having a clerk check on him?


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