Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Tuesday, August 31, 1999

CORNYN GAINS GUILTY PLEA IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the successful prosecution of David Fulkerson of Brenham for possession of child pornography and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Attorney General Cornyn has placed renewed emphasis on prosecuting child pornographers, especially in their use of the Internet.

"Those who prey upon our children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The new Internet Child Pornography Prosecution Unit within my office is dedicated to finding and prosecuting these offenders," said Attorney General Cornyn.

In January, 1999, a five year old child told her mother that Fulkerson showed her nude images of adults on his computer and television. It was also reported that Fulkerson had committed aggravated sexual assault of the child on the same day. The mother contacted the Brenham Police Department detectives, and the police obtained a search warrant and seized Fulkerson's computer among other items.

The Police Department's forensic testing of his computer revealed that Fulkerson had images of not only adult pornography but also child pornography.

Fulkerson pled guilty to both possession of child pornography and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Fulkerson was sentenced to eight years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, and he waived any appeal on the cases. Fulkerson must register as a sex offender with local law enforcement and the Department of Public Safety for the rest of his life.

Working with the Washington County District Attorney, this case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Leslie McWilliams of the Austin Office of the Attorney General's Special Crimes Division. The guilty plea was entered in the Washington County District Court.

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