by Alan Quick
A POLICE officer from Crediton has appeared in court charged with making indecent images of children.
PC Jonathan Fulcher faces three counts of making 290 indecent images of a child between June 2010 and October 2016 at Crediton.
The 34-year-old did not enter a plea at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 4 and the case will be now heard at Exeter Crown Court.
Devon and Cornwall Police has suspended him from his role in Exeter.
PC Fulcher, of Higher Road, Crediton, is also accused of attempting to cause a 13-year-old to look at a sexual image for his own sexual gratification, possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid and of illegally possessing two bullets.
In July 2011, when he was a Special Constable Sergeant based in Crediton, Jon Fulcher was commended, along with two other colleagues, for his ongoing sustained contribution to the Crediton Special Constabulary team.
They were described as "real assets" to the Mid Devon Special division and praised for their dedication to assisting probationer Special Constables.
He and his colleagues were presented with awards by the then Deputy Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Chief Superintendent Steve Swani, Devon BCU Commander, and Special Constabulary Chief Officer Buster Brown.
Police said this month that internal disciplinary proceedings would commence following the outcome of the criminal process.
An inquiry was launched into the use of a social media account in October, uncovering the alleged offences.
Devon and Cornwall Police says it expects the highest professional standards and behaviour from its staff and will robustly investigate misconduct and alleged criminal offices.
Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly, said: “The public rightly expect any allegations against police officers or staff are investigated swiftly and transparently.”
PC Fulcher was granted bail and will next appear in court in May.