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Saline County Circuit Court set a $150,000 cash bond for James Gilliam who was arrested twice for allegedly drugging and raping a juvenile.
Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips set the bond during a proceeding on Thursday morning. Gilliam previously had been free on a $100,00 bond but was re-arrested on Aug. 8 after a motion to revoke his bond was filed by Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca Bush. The motion stated that Gilliam violated the terms of his bond by violating state laws.
Gilliam was arrested originally for a crime committed in November of 2013 that involved the alleged rape of a juvenile and was released on a $10,000 bond in connection with that incident. The male juvenile involved in the incident claimed that Gilliam approached him near Tyndall Park and took the juvenile back to his residence.
At the home, Gilliam allegedly provided the victim with illegal narcotics and then raped him.
Gilliam was charged with rape, introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia in the November incident.
Gilliam was arrested again on Aug. 5 by officers of the Benton Police Department according to Lt. Kevin Russell. Gilliam was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at his residence where several pieces of evidence were seized as a part of the investigation.
During the bond hearing, Detective Brett Carpenter of the Benton Police Department stated that a cellphone, laptop, thumb drive and router were seized from Gilliam's residence. Carpenter also stated that to execute the search warrant police had to force entry into Gilliam's residence and that Gilliam was discovered locked in his bedroom "naked from the waist down."
Carpenter described Gilliam's state as "bewildered."
Gilliam was charged with rape, introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person and trafficking of humans in conjunction with the Aug. 5 arrest. The defendant was accused of picking up a male juvenile victim at his home in Cabot and transporting him to Gilliam's residence in Benton. It was at the residence that Gilliam allegedly provided the victim with illegal narcotics and then allegedly raped him.
Carpenter described the charges leading up to the Aug. 5 arrest as "pretty much a mirror image of this case (November 2013 charges)."
Bond on the recent charges was set at $1 million when the arrest warrant was signed by a circuit judge on Aug. 5, according to Russell. The bond was reduced to $100,000 during a hearing in district court on Aug. 6. The state filed the motion to revoke bond on Aug. 8. Prosecuting attorney Carrie Robertson stated that Gilliam violated the terms of his bond by having contact with an individual under the age of 18 as well as traveling in the city of Benton without adult supervision.
Bond was set at $150,000, cash only, on Aug. 14.
Defense attorney Jeff Rosenzweig asked that the judgenot set bond for Gilliam and instead require him to leave Saline County and live with his mother in Faulkner County. Rosenzweig stated, "Mr. Gilliam is not a flight risk," and said that he would be agreeable to placing Gilliam under house arrest with an ankle monitor.
Phillips stated that the behavior of Gilliam in both cases was predatory and said, "I don't want to release a predator on Faulkner County."
If the defendant makes bond, he is to have no contact with anyone under that age of 18 with the exception of his younger sister. Additionally, Gilliam is not to be in the city of Benton unless supervised by an adult relative who has no criminal convictions. Additionally, Gilliam will be required to wear an ankle monitor.
Phillips stated, "There is considerable risk to the general public."