BLADENBORO —A St. Pauls man has been arrested by Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with the attempted first-degree rape of a child under the age of 13 years old.
According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s mother called authorities on Jan. 16 after finding out about the alleged sexual assault of her daughter.
“The mother said the incident took place on Jan. 15,” Hester said. He added that the suspect knew the victim.
Deputies arrested Stevie Earl Bullard Jr., 28, of St. Pauls on Jan. 16 without incident and booked into the Bladen County Jail under a $1,020,000 secured bond.
Hester said additional charges are pending.