Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau today announced the indictment and arrest of a 27-year-old man, a youth minister, for sexually abusing a girl who attended his church.
The defendant, JEREMY FULTON, has been indicted on charges of predatory sexual assault against a child, rape, course of criminal sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. The crimes charged in the indictment occurred between July 2007 and October 2009.
The investigation leading to today’s indictment revealed that FULTON was employed as a youth minister at Mariner’s Temple Baptist Church and as the associate director of the Mariner’s Educational Center, both located at 3 Henry Street in Manhattan. The victim and her family attended the church. When the victim turned 12, FULTON touched her and exposed himself to the victim. He increased his conduct gradually, from touching, to masturbation, to oral sex and then intercourse. They had sexual intercourse for the first time when the victim was 12.
The investigation further revealed that FULTON’s conduct came to light when the victim’s mother learned that another young girl that attended the center complained of the defendant's behavior toward both girls.
FULTON was arrested on November 24, 2009 just outside of Baltimore, MD by members of the New York City Police Department’s Manhattan Child Abuse Squad and Baltimore Police Department. He was extradited to New York City and is scheduled to be arraigned today in State Supreme Court, Part 1.
FULTON was indicted for Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child, a class A-II violent felony punishable by up to 25 years to life in prison, Course of Criminal Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a class B violent felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, Rape in the Second Degree, a class D violent felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
If anyone has information regarding JEREMY FULTON, please contact the New York County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Hotline at 212-335-4308.
Mr. Morgenthau thanked Detective Elizabeth McColgan of the New York City Police Department Manhattan Child Abuse Squad and Steve Lane of the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, who were assisted by the United States Marshall’s Service Capital Area Fugitive Task Force and the Baltimore (Maryland) Police Department.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson, who is assigned to the Family Violence/Child Abuse Bureau, is handing the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kerry O’Connell, Chief of the Bureau.
JEREMY FULTON, 6/16/1982
210 Stanton Street
New York, New York