by Alan Quick
A POLICE officer from Crediton has admitted downloading child abuse images and having illegal ammunition at his home.
PC Jonathan Fulcher (34), of Higher Road, Crediton, who is currently suspended, admitted five offences when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
The Exeter-based officer admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, 290 indecent images in total, of children between June 2010 and October 2016 at his Crediton home.
He also admitted possessing ammunition (two bullets) 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.
When he previously appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 4, Fulcher did not enter a plea.
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.”