Paedophile cop walks FREE from court despite admitting child sex offences over six years
A police officer has walked free from court despite admitting child sex offences committed over the course of six years.
Jonathan Fulcher, 34, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of a child between June 2010 and October 2016 – and has now lost his job as a serving officer.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.
But Fulcher walked free from Exeter Crown Court where he was handed an eight months prison sentence, suspended for two years.
He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), and placed on the sex offenders register.
Fulcher, of Crediton, Devon, was a serving police officer in Exeter when the offences were committed but was suspended at the start of the criminal investigation.
A Special Case Hearing was held before Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer in July this year where he was dismissed from the police service without notice.
Exeter policeman downloaded child abuse images
A policeman has admitted downloading child abuse images and having illegal ammunition at his home.
PC Jonathan Fulcher, who is currently suspended, admitted five offences when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
Fulcher, 34, of High Road, Crediton, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children. Police found almost 300 pictures in total.
He also admitted possessing ammunition without a certificate and possessing PAVA incapacitating spray.
The court heard that four of the images found on Fulcher’s computer were classed as category A – the most serious type of abuse image.
He also had nine in the second-highest category, and 277 category C images.
Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said some of the lowest category images were produced during online chats with girls “who may have posed erotically during the conversations”.
Fulcher denied attempting to cause a child to watch him perform a sexual act but the Crown Prosecution Service asked for 14 days to consider whether to continue with the charge.
The case was adjourned to a later date.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer granted him bail but told him: “That is no indication whatsoever of sentence.”
Fulcher now faces being dismissed.