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Bond revoked; rape suspect back behind bars

August 9, 2014

James Gilliam

Saline County Circuit Court has revoked the bond of James Gilliam, who was arrested twice in connection for allegedly drugging and raping a juvenile.

Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips revoked Gilliam's bond in a proceeding Friday morning.
Gilliam, 32, had been out on a $100,000 bond.

According to Benton police, the male victim in the case provided information about a suspect, which led investigators to Gilliam.

Gilliam has been charged with rape, introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person, and trafficking of humans.

According to an order issued Friday in Circuit Court, Gilliam violated the terms of his bond by violating state laws.

The defendant has been accused of picking up the victim at his house in another Central Arkansas city and taking 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.

Police Lt. Kevin Russell said Gilliam was arrested Tuesday by Benton police and a search warrant was executed at his residence where several pieces of evidence were seized as a part of the investigation.
Gilliam was charged with a similar crime in November of 2013. The earlier incident involved the alleged rape of a juvenile.

Gilliam was released on a $10,000 bond in that incident.

In the previous case, the male juvenile victim claimed that Gilliam approached him near Tyndall Park and ended up taking 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.

Bond for Gilliam was set at $1 million on the recent charges when the arrest warrant was signed by a circuit court judge on Aug. 5, according to Russell. The bond was reduced to $100,000 during a hearing in district court on Aug. 6.

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