A police officer from the Cornwall force has walked free from court despite admitting child sex offences committed over the course of six years. Jonathan Fulcher, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of making a total of 290 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-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), and placed on the sex offenders register. Fulcher was a serving police officer when the offences were committed but was suspended at the start of the criminal investigation.
The Daily Mail1 reports that he was snared in an online chat room by US Homeland Security officials posing as a 13-year-old girl attracted to men in uniform . A police raid on his home found screenshots of six other girls who he had met in chatrooms, including one who had called herself Jailbait but charges were dropped because it was decided it would be impossible to prove the girls in the pictures were under 16.
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.
After the case Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Jonathan Fulcher has acted in a wholly inappropriate and criminal manner for which he has been sentenced at court today.
“As soon as these allegations came to light, Fulcher was suspended from duty and a full investigation launched . He has now been dismissed from the police service.
” Devon and Cornwall Police2 expects the highest ethical and professional conduct from all officers and staff operating within the Force, and robustly investigates misconduct and allegations of criminal offences.
“The vast majority of our staff demonstrate commitment on a daily basis to these professional standards and the Force’s obligation to instill public confidence in the police service.
“Fulcher’s actions have fallen well below these standards and his behaviour has let the police service and the public down.”
Fulcher, of Crediton, Devon, was serving in Exeter at the time .
He was spared an immediate jail term after a court heard he suffered from bipolar disorder meaning he felt ‘invincible’ and was more prone to risk taking behaviour.
He set tongues wagging when he stripped off for Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction. And now Hull security guard Sam1 has caught the attention of Gogglebox viewers. On Friday night’s episode of the show – which films people commenting on the week’s biggest TV shows – the Gogglebox gang settled down to watch Naked Attraction.
And their verdict had viewers cracking up.
Viewer Ellie said: “I love this programme.”
While Gogglebox veteran June was filmed saying: “Oh my God, what’s this?”
Friends Mary and Marina, from Bristol, discussed how their friends watch the show, including Peggy, “who’s 90-odd”. Celebrity comic Alan Carr also joined in on the Twitter action. He was particularly amused by Mary’s reaction when she compared Sam to a “thumb”.
Mary had said: “Oh no, I can’t watch this, it’s demeaning.”
Giles then revealed he had previously watched the programme before his wife again said it was “intrusive”. But when Sam came on screen, she said: “What does he look like, he looks like a thumb.”
When the naked men were revealed, Hull Googlebox-er Jenny wrinkled her nose and said: “Ooh look at that.”
One of the viewers shielded his face and said: “I can’t watch this…we’ve got f****** widescreen as well, what’s going on!”
In the original show, Sam went on a date with psychology student Alesia which ended in a very awkward confrontation. Alesia got the ball rolling by asking Sam to tell her about himself.
He said: I m 31, born and raised in Hull, that s about it really . Not much of a back story. When she asked him what the city is like, he replied: It s just home to me. She tried to get a bit more out of him, saying: When I think of Yorkshire, I think of grass, animals
But Sam simply laughed and replied: There s buildings, brick buildings.
During a break in the date, she told the camera: He s not talking, I m not getting anything from him . I m bored out my head . It s just bland . There s no I dunno.
However, he had a different view, saying: She s smiling, the conversation s flowing, so she s enjoying it hopefully. They moved on to another bar at Alesia s suggestion to try and get a bit more bubbly and she said the change of atmosphere made a difference.
I m warming to him, she told the camera.
And it seems Sam agreed.
Yeah, there s been flirty chat, smiles, winks, that sort of thing, he said . There could be something there, I think. Sam was then seen moving in for a kiss and the couple left the bar. But six weeks later, it seemed it was a different story.
The couple said an awkward hello, before Alesia said: It s just a bit weird isn t it, because we kind of clicked . You kissed me and I ve not heard anything back – I don t know how to take that, to be honest. He responded by saying: I don t know what to reply to that, I kind of went with the flow and then that was it for me, I m afraid.
For me, it s the distance, where we live and it s not gonna work for me so I thought why keep in touch?
Alesia said: Just be polite and say that, seeing as though you do have my number, you could have said it s not gonna work .
We re just not compatible, you know.
Two experienced Hull nightclub security staff have been jailed for assaulting a customer in a “moment of madness” after ejecting him following a fracas. One of the security staff was just weeks away from retiring with an “without a blemish on his character”. David Young, 51, and Michael Oxley, 49, were part of a group of doormen who broke up a disturbance at Valbon in George Street, city centre1, early on June 19, 2016.
Former Valbon bouncers Michael Oxley, left, and David Young
Prosecutor Claire Holmes said the victim told the man he thought was responsible to “be careful”, who in turn told him to “f*** off”, leading to “pushing and shoving” between them. The victim’s partner was somehow knocked unconscious in the melee that followed and both men were ejected through a side door.
The brawl that followed outside was partially captured on CCTV, and the victim is seen exchanging punches with Young, who then “kneed” him in the stomach to get him down. Oxley was then seen to kick him to the head.
Miss Holmes said the victim “felt punches to the back of his head and kicks to his face, and heard the comment, ‘That’s enough, Mike’.”
The moment the fracas broke out on the dancefloor (Image: Valbon)
The victim suffered a broken right eye socket, swelling and bruising to the eye and bruising to the bridge of his nose . His right eyeball had also been moved a millimetre further back in his head . He was offered surgery to correct it, which he declined when the procedure and risks were explained to him. In a statement, the tattoo artist said he had been unable to open his injured eye for four days and had been forced to take two weeks off work . He still had bruising when he returned to the shop, and feared “people would think he was a thug”.
Young, of Hull Road, Hessle3, had two previous convictions for violence, the last in 1993. Oxley, of Ingleton Avenue, west Hull, had six minor offences on his record but none for violence. Both men pleaded guilty to affray and accepted their careers as doormen were over.
Nigel Clive, for Young, said he was “ashamed” of the incident and apologised, accepting he had a duty of care even to those who are ejected from the club.
Valbon nightclub, on George Street. (Image: Peter Harbour)
He had been a licensed doorman for 12 years and had never come to police attention for using undue violence in that time.
“He has had all kinds of violence aimed at him and dealt with it in a way which no doubt the courts would commend him for, apart from this incident,” Mr Clive said. Young had been persuaded by his partner to retire from door work, but “foolishly agreed to do a few more shifts”. Mr Clive said: “If he had listened to his partner he would have retired a doorman of 12 years without a blemish on his character.”
Dale Brook, for Oxley, said he had an equally good record professionally, having worked as a doorman for 16 years “without any allegations being made against him”.
Mr Brook said: “This was a fast-moving, difficult situation in which the defendants have pleaded guilty and accept they went beyond what was necessary, and behaved well below the standards that they would expect of themselves.”
The barrister said it was “completely out of character” and described it as a “moment of madness”.
CCTV footage outside Valbon (Image: Courtesy of the CPS)
Recorder Richard Woolfall jailed both men for eight months and told them: “You owed a duty of care to that person who you had ejected . He was drunk and causing trouble.
“It’s clear from what I have seen on the CCTV you took exception to the way he was behaving and assaulted him in the way we have seen . You went beyond what can be described as lawful and you each used more than your fists.”
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A spokesman for Valbon said: The sentence appears harsh, especially as the two security men had no previous convictions and were reacting to a serious incident.
“It would be interesting to know what the police would have done in the same situation?