West Chester Man Arrested a Second Time for Sexually Abusing a Child

Russell Thayer BullittRussell Thayer Bullitt (Image via Chester County District Attorney's Office)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced the second arrest of Russell Thayer Bullitt, 76 years of age, for the sexual abuse of another child in his West Chester home. The defendant is charged with 20 counts each of Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Corruption of Minors, and related offenses.

The defendant was previously arrested on May 1, 2021, for the sexual abuse of a different child in his West Chester home over 4 years. At that time, he was charged with 50 counts each of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Victim Under 13, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, and related charges.

The defendant is being held without bail at Chester County Prison.

DA Deb Ryan said, “What the defendant did to these 2 children is reprehensible, & my office will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. The courage of the victims to disclose their abuse is remarkable for their young ages. Adults must ensure that children are safe by educating themselves & their kids about safe & not safe touches. Taking a free Stewards of Children class is a step toward learning about these safeguards.”

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The allegations in the complaint are:

On April 28, 2021, Chester County Detectives learned the defendant had sexually abused a child inside his home when she was between 5 and 9 years of age. The victim revealed the abuse because she was concerned he was grooming another child.

The parents of the second victim contacted investigators on July 21, 2021, after she told them she was sexually abused multiple times while at the defendant’s house. The abuse occurred between 2020 and 2021.

Call Childline at 1-800-932-0313 if you suspect child abuse.

Contact County Coordinator Katie Walters at [email protected] or 610-344-6115 for information about Stewards of Children.

Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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