Former marine accused of sexually assaulting five-year-old in a 'dark corner' during a wedding reception

A former marine, 39-year-old Jeff Boulter has been accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a five-year-old child after taking her to a dark corner at a wedding reception

                            Former marine accused of sexually assaulting five-year-old in a 'dark corner' during a wedding reception
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A former US marine has been charged with the sexual assault of a five-year-old child during a wedding reception. The man who has been accused of the horrific crime is 39-year-old Jeff Boulter who allegedly dragged the child to a dark corner before exposing himself to her, the police told Santa Clarita Valley Signal. 

Sergeant Brian Hudson revealed, "[Boulter] was at the reception and he led the five-year-old child, a girl, to a secluded area and exposed himself to the child". According to a statement from the District Attorney's Office, he was seen by a server at the party, which took place in Valencia, who confronted him. A couple of moments later, Boulter fled the reception. 

The former marine has been charged with kidnapping to commit oral copulation, kidnapping for child molesting, kidnapping a victim under age 14, lewd act upon a child, forcible lewd act upon a child and attempted forcible oral copulation of victim under 14 years. Boulter is currently being held at the Twin Towers Correction Facility on a $1 million bail. 

Boulter pleaded not guilty to the charges and is set to return to the LA County Superior Court on July 31. If Boulter is convicted of his crimes, he faces the possibility of a maximum sentence of life in state prison. 

The specific criminal code for which he stands accused reads, "Every person who, for the purpose of committing any act defined in Section 288, hires, persuades, entices, decoys, or seduces by false promises, misrepresentations, or the like, any child under the age of 14 years to go out of this country, state, or county, or into another part of the same county, is guilty of kidnapping". 

Boulter is a former marine who launched a startup for men's grooming called Sir Brilliant and was also a winner of a 40 under 40 competition in Long Beach in the year 2016. He revealed that the business was created on the thought that a man who took care of himself was more likely to help take care of the rest of the city. 

"We try hard to bring a lifestyle of positivity to our company that we want to spread to our surrounding community here in Long Beach. The hope is to help spread that same positive vibe about how great one’s community can be if a little effort is applied," he added. 

Sir Brilliant, which sells high quality, all-natural grooming products such as hair pomade, beard oil, and lip oil balm, is about having a positive mental attitude and taking care of one’s own hygiene. 

The article also praised him as a man who donated bone marrow, helped the homeless, and also cleaned up beaches. When he was informed that he had won a 40 under 40 competition out of hundreds of applicants, Boulter revealed that he was very uncomfortable in the spotlight. "I am not great at being in the spotlight and receiving awards," he said about his award. "But for the recognition this might bring to the thought of helping our great city I take it with pride, pride in the people that make this city amazing".