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.
Russia is using Champions League matches involving English clubs to prepare it for hosting next summer’s World Cup. Organisers say the 2018 tournament will be one of the “most protected” ever – as the country faces threats from terror and hooligans. Some 2,000 British fans are in Moscow as Liverpool play Spartak Moscow and Manchester United face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Authorities are using the fixtures as dummy runs for security ahead of the World Cup. Hooliganism in Russian football has been a matter of growing concern over recent years. So-called Russia “ultras” were involved in clashes with England fans during the 2016 Euro Championships in Marseilles.1
Many Russians were believed to have come trained, equipped and determined to cause carnage in the French port.
But Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has introduced a string of tough measures targeting sports hooligans in the past six months. These included tough new sentencing for people who cause trouble – both Russian and foreign. Russia’s role in the conflict in Syria means the threat from terror is continuing to grow.
But organisers predict the 2018 World Cup will be one of the “safest” and “most protected” yet. This will entail levels of security never seen before. Fans travelling to Russia for the tournament can expect to go through several layers of security before even entering a stadium.
Once inside, police will monitor activity inside the grounds from a central control room, using hundreds of individual cameras attached to seats.
Organisers also say that spectators will know exactly where the line is when it comes to behaviour.
After the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo an, claimed Donald Trump called to apologize for the US indictment1 of 15 Turkish security officials over a violent brawl with peaceful anti-Erdo an protesters in Washington this year, the White House issued a denial. In an interview2 with PBS s Judy Woodruff to air on Tuesday night, Erdo an said, according to a translator: President Trump called me about a week ago about this issue . He said that he was sorry and he told me that he was going to follow up on this issue when we come to the United States within the framework of an official visit. A White House official told the Guardian: They discussed a wide range
of issues but there was no apology.
In May, according to witnesses, violence broke out3 when the Turkish president s security detail attacked protesters while Erdogan was visiting Washington DC . The protesters were waving a flag of a Kurdish political party . Nine people were injured . One eyewitness, Seyid Riza Dersimi, told the Guardian4 at the time: This is crazy they are kicking us, I could have died this is America, this is unacceptable. In the aftermath of the clash, Senator John McCain demanded5 that the Turkish ambassador to the United States be expelled from the country in response . We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America, McCain said in an interview.
The Arizona senator added: These are not just average people that did this beating . This is Erdo an s security detail . Somebody told them to go and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators, and I think it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them. In June, 16 participants in the violence were charged6 by Washington police for their involvement . A total of 19 were formally indicted in August for a variety of crimes .
All were with charged with conspiracy to commit a crime of violence, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years . This charge came with a bias crime enhancement which, under DC law, could increase the length of the sentence by up to 50%. Two of the men, both of whom are American, have been arrested . The other 17, including 15 Turkish security officials and two Canadians, are still at large. The incident aggravated the already tense relationship between the United States and Turkey .
The two countries have clashed over US support for Kurdish rebels in Syria as well as Turkish demands that the United States extradite Fethullah G len, a cleric whom Erdo an blames for a 2016 coup attempt .
In addition, Erdo an has become the subject of criticism internationally, as he has moved to consolidate power in Turkey7, particularly in the aftermath of the 2016 coup, cracking down on press freedom and civil liberties.