Salem Man Formally Charged For Criminal Sexual Assault

(SALEM, IL) — A 40-year-old Salem man who was arrested Tuesday on accusations of predatory criminal sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl has been formally charged in Marion County Court. Eric Bullard of Salem was charged with two class X felony counts and has had bond set at $250,000. The charges stem from incidents in 2012 and 2013 at both his home and in Iuka. He was arrested Tuesday by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies after the girl’s mother became aware of the situation and contacted the sheriff’s office. Reports indicate Bullard knew the alleged victim prior to the sexual assaults. An order of protection was taken out against Bullard Wednesday in Marion County Court. After hearing testimony at the emergency hearing, Judge Stan Brandemeyer found sufficient and credible evidence was introduced to issue the emergency order of protection. A public defender has been appointed in the case. Bullard is not to have any contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 6th.