COLLIER COUNTY — The trial for a former Collier County sheriff’s deputy accused of sex crimes against a teenager has been pushed back to August at the earliest.
Prosecutors in the three-year-old case against Charles Bullock said Wednesday they’re still determining whether to call a therapist at trial, requiring a delay. A trial date had been scheduled for April 29.
Bullock, 54, is accused of molesting and performing a sex act on a then-high school freshman in a Coastland Center mall bathroom. He faces single charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a person between the ages of 12 and 16, and official misconduct involving falsifying public records.
Assistant State Attorney Steve Maresca didn’t disclose the type of therapist being considered, or what the expert’s testimony would entail.
If the therapist is called, a deposition would be needed. Maresca also indicated the introduction of the witness likely would be challenged by Bullock’s lawyer, Jerry Berry.
“This is just something that came up this week,” Maresca said. “It may not even happen. It’s a possibility.”
A civil lawyer representing the teen’s family has said the alleged victim was taunted by classmates following Bullock’s arrest and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s not known whether the therapist’s testimony is related.
Bullock remains free on $35,000 bond. He attended Wednesday’s hearing but didn’t speak about the case.