Bond set in alleged rape by mentor

A $50,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of raping a juvenile while working as an advocate for the youth through the juvenile court system.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Chilton Blunt, 21, with three counts of rape.

Blunt was working for a program operated by United Family Services of Pine Bluff and had been a juvenile advocate since 2010, Levi Thomas, director of UFS said Tuesday.

In court on Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators received information about an alleged sexual assault Sept. 8 and interviewed the 16-year-old victim and a guardian who claimed that Blunt, who was working with the youth, had raped him.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jennifer Carr reported that the alleged victim told investigators that he had spent time with Blunt when he was not incarcerated and had sexual contact with Blunt on three occasions, all of them on a couch at Christian Way Funeral Home where Blunt also worked.

Kizer also said the alleged victim told investigators that Blunt had given him cash on one occasion after the sexual contact and had written him two checks which had been cashed.

Carr reported that when Blunt was interviewed, he waived his right to an attorney in writing, and allegedly admitted to the sexual contact with the victim.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Blunt to have no contact with the alleged victim and told him to come back to court Oct. 24.

Blunt said he would hire his own attorney.

Thomas said on Tuesday that Blunt was dismissed from his UFS position immediately after officials learned of his arrest.