Suspect allegedly raped, drugged juvenile; charge is man's second since November
The Benton Police Department has arrested a man for a second time in connection with allegedly drugging and raping a juvenile.
The male juvenile victim in the case provided information about a suspect, identified as James Gilliam, 32.
Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson, said Gilliam contacted the victim online.
Gilliam is 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.
Russell said Gilliam was arrested on 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 is charged with rape, introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person, and trafficking of humans. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be forthcoming, according to Russell.
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 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 residence, 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 bond 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.
Gilliam is currently incarcerated at the Saline County Detention Facility.
Russell said that anyone with information about this crime or other victims is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. Individuals may text anonymous crime tips about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of a text message or go to www.crimereports.com to leave a tip.