LEE COUNTY —
It turns out the Coastland Center mall isn’t the only place where authorities say former Collier County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Chuck Bullock stalked teenage boys.
Last August, Lee County deputies made contact with Bullock, 51, after receiving reports that he followed a boy into a dressing room on Fort Myers Beach and was “peaking through” at him, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports released on Thursday.
“It doesn’t change our investigation at all. It simply adds to the ongoing pattern that was identified during our investigation,” Naples police spokesman Michael Herman said. “It just shows the same pattern of behavior, and also shows it was locations other than just the Coastland Center mall.”
Bullock was arrested on Monday on charges of lewd or lascivious battery and official misconduct, after a 15-year-old boy told Naples investigators that Bullock sexually assaulted him at least twice inside a food court bathroom in late January and early February. Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk fired Bullock immediately after his arrest.
“This information, it certainly broadens the scope of the investigation,” said Karie Partington, spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, which is also conducting concurrent criminal and internal investigations. “Of course, much will depend on what develops from this time forward. We will partner with Naples police in whatever way is needed.”
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office field interview report, just after 1 p.m. on Aug. 21 — a Friday — a parent called 911 to report that a man with a “butch hair cut,” wearing red swim trunks, a white T-shirt and a gray ball cap was “following guys into dressing rooms and peaking through at them at Lynn Hall Park” near Times Square on Fort Myers Beach. The man, later identified as Bullock, had been watching the caller’s son in the dressing room, reports said.
When a Lee deputy made contact with Bullock, reports say Bullock identified himself as a Collier deputy and provided credentials. He told the Lee deputy that he was just looking for an empty changing area himself, agency spokesman Lt. Larry King said.
The Lee deputy documented the encounter and notified his commander, who said he would notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. But that was never done, as “it was later determined that there were no particular elements either substantiated or given by witness(s) that would support the commission of a crime,” according to a memo written by Collier Sgt. Scott Walters.
When asked if Lee deputies made a mistake by not contacting their Collier counterparts, King said “not at all.”
“It's a judgment call on that type of situation,” King said. “Hindsight is 20-20. At that time, they didn’t feel it warranted contacting a supervisor.”
However, it appears Bullock violated Collier County Sheriff’s Office policy when he failed to report the encounter to his supervisor.
“Yes, policy says anytime you have an encounter with a law enforcement agency, you are to report it to your supervisor within 24 hours,” Partington said. “We have checked with his supervisor and he did not report it.”
Attempts to reach Bullock’s attorney, Jerry Berry, for comment on Thursday were unsuccessful. He has previously said that Bullock denies the allegations against him.
Duane Dobbert, a forensic behavior analyst at Florida Gulf Coast University and an expert in sex crimes, said loitering outside a food court bathroom and at a dressing room at the beach would be typical of a hebephile — someone with a sexual preference for pubescent children. Surveillance video showed Bullock loitering outside the bathroom, sometimes for hours at a time, on at least 20 occasions between mid-December and mid-February.
“The stalking is one of the expected behaviors I see in every one of these people,” Dobbert said.
Hebephiles have a “fantasy love group” that is almost always gender specific, Dobbert said. They are usually single men, but it is not unusual for hebephiles to be married. Bullock is married with at least one child.
Hebephiles typically have items in their homes — photographs, clothing, toys — that they use to arouse themselves, Dobbert said.
Investigators found 10 images on Bullock’s computer of children — mostly boys but one female — engaged in sex acts.
“(The hebephile’s) delusion is that once this boy meets him and they have a sexual encounter, that this boy is going to stay with him forever,” Dobbert said. “The hebephile with boys is looking for boys that have no sexual experience. It’s purity. They’re not tainted.”
Anyone with further information on this investigation or activities related to it is asked to call the Naples police department at (239) 213-4844 or the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division at (239) 774-4434.