UK paedophile police walks free from court despite admitting child sex offences over six years

September, 2017
United Kingdom (England)

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. 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."