Cooperstown Man Sentenced to State Prison for Child Sex Assault

| May 17, 2017

Scales of Justice and Judge`s gavelFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Cooperstown man who pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a young girl has been sentenced to serve time in state prison.

According to online court documents, James Perry Fulton, 18, pleaded guilty in Venango County Court January 26 to a second-degree felony, Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child Less than 13 years of age.

Judge Robert L. Boyer sentenced Fulton to 3 to 10 years. Fulton is currently in the State Correctional Institute in Greene County.

According to a previous story, Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against Fulton after a known child was interviewed on November 21 by a Forensic Interviewer at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Trooper Swatzler, of PSP Franklin, observed the interview.

During the interview, the victim advised that Fulton “tried to rape her.”

The victim stated that Fulton asked her and her brother to his house located on Pine Valley Lane in Jackson Township.

“When she and her brother arrived at the house, Fulton told her brother to stay in the living room, so he could talk to her about Christmas presents. Fulton then took her to a bedroom, shut the door, and put a TV in front of it,” according to the complaint.

The victim’s brother remained in the living room playing Xbox, the complaint continues.

The victim stated that Fulton “told her to sit on the bed, and then he pushed her over on her back.” At this point, Fulton allegedly attempted to have inappropriate sexual contact, according to the complaint.

The victim’s brother attempted to get in the bedroom to tell Fulton that the UPS truck pulled up with packages, and he couldn’t get in. He yelled for Fulton again, and Fulton went out of the bedroom, and the victim ran out right behind him and ran from the residence, the complaint states.

The victim said that her brother caught up to her, and she told him what happened, and when they arrived home, her brother reiterated what happened to their mother, and she called the police, the complaint continues.

According to the complaint, Fulton was interviewed at PSP Franklin December 15, 2016 and he “made statements against his own interest.”

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