Authorities seek missing child sex assault suspect

Bullock apparently slipped off a GPS ankle bracelet and fled
NEW Media Staff

Oconto County authorities are searching for a Suring man after he allegedly removed a GPS device he was ordered to wear and disappeared a month before he is scheduled to stand trial for child sex assault.

A three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin July 31 in the case of Michael James Bullock, 41, who is charged with two counts of the repeated sexual assault of a child, as well as several counts stemming from allegedly stationing a hidden camera in a bathroom and recording intimate video of a young woman showering.

Bullock was free after posting a total of $40,000 cash bond, with a condition of his bail being that he wear a GPS ankle bracelet at all times.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Oconto County Circuit Court, on July 2 the woman who owns the house where he was staying found the bracelet hanging from a hook in the bathroom. She said Bullock had lost weight and apparently was able to slip the bracelet off, the complaint said. Investigators said the inside of the bracelet was coated with a Vaseline-like substance, making it slippery.

Bullock also left his cellphone behind and had run it through a factory reset, according to the complaint.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department took to social media in an effort to enlist the public’s help in finding Bullock, who was last seen on the morning of July 1. He is described as a white male, 5-foot-10 and about 240 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes.

The pending charges against Bullock allege that he sexually assaulted two women, who are now 19 and 26 years old, for several years each beginning when they were as young as about 7 and 10. In the case involving the hidden camera, he is charged with three counts each of invasion of privacy using a surveillance device and capturing an intimate representation of a victim younger than 18, in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred when one of the young women was 17 years old.

Online court documents indicate Bullock also has a pending case in Kewaunee County, where he is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 13 and a count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. A pre-trial conference is scheduled in that case on Aug. 16.

The sheriff’s department encourages anyone with information about Bullock’s whereabouts to call 920-834-6900.

The notice said people should not attempt to apprehend him on their own: “The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office does not condone vigilantism. Any threatening, intimidation or harassment of the subject will not be tolerated.”