Sulphur Springs man and woman charged in connection with child sexual assault case

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 23, 2007 - A report of suspected drugs on a local school campus resulted in a 27-year-old woman and 43-year-old man, both of Sulphur Springs, being arrested on charges stemming from a sexual assault of a child allegation.

Christie Lee Bulin was arrested last Wednesday by Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Tony Crouse and Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Gina Lyles for retaliation, a third-degree felony offense. Charles Adam Hodges turned himself in Friday morning to reserve deputies for  sexual assault of a child. Both remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning in lieu of $100,000 bond each.

The case started when Sulphur Springs Police Officer Lonnie Taylor went to the school for a report of suspected heroin on campus. Crouse and later Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigators Lewis Tatum and Charles Humpries were called due to suspected illegal activity occurring in the county.

As the case progressed, investigators were told Hodges sexually assaulted a minor on April 1. The female victim was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center. A warrant issued for Hodge’s arrest. He turned himself in Friday.

Bulin was alleged Wednesday to have threatened the victim with serious bodily injury or death because of the ongoing investigation. SCU investigators followed up on the the claim. A warrant was issued for her arrest for retaliation. She was taken in custody near her residence Wednesday.

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