MARION COUNTY (WRXX) – A 51-year-old Salem man was released Monday from the Marion County Jail after posting 10% cash of a $100,000 bond in a case charging him with felony grooming.
Derek Purcell was arrested at his home early Saturday morning following an investigation by Salem Police. He was charged Monday morning with Class 4 felony grooming and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to Salem police, the alleged acts took place in July and August of this year with Purcell allegedly making statements of a sexual nature the 14-year-old victim and reportedly included providing alcohol to the victim and other juveniles.
Purcell was advised in court Monday of the charges against him and ordered to have no contact with two specific juveniles as well as any child under the age of 18 with the exception of his own children.
He informed the court he will hire his own attorney and a preliminary hearing and first appearance with his attorney were scheduled for October 5.