Saturday, August 31, 2002

Man gets 3 years in sex case

By Sheila McLaughlin,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A 23-year-old South Lebanon man who was out on bond for having sex with a minor when arrested on charges involving a second girl was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.

        In an agreement with prosecutors, Robert Fulgham, of Ilene Street, pleaded guilty to felony charges of unlawful sex with a minor, involving a 14-year-old girl at a party, and sexual battery involving a 16-year-old Akron girl he met on a telephone dating chat line.

        Mr. Fulgham, who faced up to a decade in prison if convicted at trial, agreed to the sentence as part of the plea deal. He was designated a sexually oriented offender, which requires him to report his address to authorities annually for 10 years.

        Warren County sheriff's officials arrested Mr. Fulgham in June after the Akron girl flagged down police outside Morrow and reported that Mr. Fulgham had taken her to Kings Island campground, where he and a teenage boy had sex with her.

        She told police that Mr. Fulgham had dropped her off on the side of the road, refusing to take her back to Akron after they had an argument.

        In court Friday, Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Meyer said Mr. Fulgham coerced the girl to have sex with his teenage friend by telling her “she would be in for a surprise” if she did not.


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