DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA IN CLERGY RAPE CASE

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced on 4/4/2011, the guilty plea of JEREMY FULTON, 28, a former minister at Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church in Lower Manhattan, for the rape and sexual abuse of five girls who attended his church. FULTON, who also served as the associate director of the church’s after-school and summer camp programs, pled guilty to Rape in the First Degree and is expected to be sentenced on May 20, 2011, to 22 years in prison, followed by 20 years of post-release supervision.

“This defendant used his position of authority and respect to win the trust of parents and gain unfettered access to children for the purpose of sexually abusing these girls,” said District Attorney Vance. “Children who survive sexual abuse often face a lifetime of recovery, and prosecutions like this bring justice to those victims and their families. Putting an offender like this in prison also saves other victims he might have preyed upon.”

In all, the defendant admitted to sexually abusing five children, four of whom he had met through church-related programs. This abuse consisted of repeated sexual intercourse with three of the young victims and repeated sexual touching of all the children. The victims ranged in age from 10 to 16 years old, and with at least two of the girls the abuse lasted for a period of several years. FULTON committed some of the abuse on church property, and solicited sexually explicit photographs from one victim, which he kept his computer.

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson, who handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Penelope Brady, Deputy Chief of the Child Abuse Unit; Robert Hettleman, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit; Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. DANY Senior Investigator Elena Lui and Trial Preparation Assistant Carole James, as well as forensic analysts Steve Moran, Selena Ley and Jessica Ho of the Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Bureau, also assisted in the investigation.

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Defendant Information:

JEREMY FULTON, D.O.B. 6/16/1982
New York, N.Y.

Convicted:

Rape in the First Degree, a Class B Violent Felony, one count.

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