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Former Iowa MMA fighter indicted on child porn charges

Former Iowa MMA fighter indicted on child porn charges

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Travis Jon Fulton

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Former local MMA fighter indicted on child porn charges

PARKERSBURG, Iowa – A former Cedar Falls boxer and mixed martial arts fighter who has been awaiting trial on domestic violence charges now faces child porn charges as well.

A federal grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday charging Travis Jon Fulton, 43, recently of rural Parkersburg, with sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography.

The charges were unsealed Friday when Fulton made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He pleaded not guilty and was detained pending a further hearing.

Trial was tentatively set for April.

The charges allege Fulton attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct for the purpose taking pictures with a Canon PowerShot camera in November, according to court records.

He is also accused of possessing a DataTraveler flash drive with child porn involving a child under age 12 between November 2018 and November 2020.

Court records show Fulton is currently awaiting trial for willful injury and domestic assault charges in connection with a September 2019 incident in which he is accused of repeatedly punching a woman in the head and back in Waterloo and threatening to kill her if she talked to police.

The woman suffered injuries to her jaw, nose and palate and was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for treatment, records state.

“The defendant is a self-proclaimed professional fighter, with a twenty year career, and the ability to do serious bodily injury with his hands,” a police officer who investigated the case wrote in court records.

Fulton and the woman were detained earlier this month for violating a restraining order after they were seen together at the Isle Casino Hotel on Jan. 28.

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