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(5-22-2004) Lexington Co. youth coach arrested on sex charge

(Lexington) March 22, 2004 - A 53-year-old Lexington County youth athletics coach was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of lewd act on a child under 14 and one count of peeping tom.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department arrested Charles Fulmer, who has worked for several years in Lexington County. He was taken into custody about 3:00am Saturday after being arrested at his home in Gaston.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's department says the alleged victim is a child on a baseball team Fulmer coaches. Lexington County Assistant Sheriff Tim James says a boy was sleeping over at Fulmer's home.

He allegedly photographed the boy unclothed in the bathroom. James says he touched the boy inappropriately while he was sleeping, "The child did not have knowledge of what was taking place and did not give permission."

Fulmer was arrested at his home after members of his family came to the police with the photographic evidence of what happened. James says the department is now trying to figure out if more victims are out there, "We are in the process of tracking down some other youth to find out if they have any knowledge, whether or not they could have been a victim as well."

Fulmer reportedly has coached youth athletics in Lexington County for nearly 30 years and was respected by many families in the area. Tyler Swartz say Fulmer was like a father figure to his son Phillip, "He was there for kids. Not just for football, but school and everything." Now parents are shocked.

A local baseball field was unofficially dedicated to Fulmer, with his name hung from the scoreboard, but that came down once he was arrested.

In a police report, Fulmer admitted to the charges. The president of the youth league says all of his  coaches are subjected to a criminal background check.

Bond was set at $10,000 and Fulmer was still in custody as of late Monday night.

By Heather Brown & Nicole Bell
Updated 10:42pm by BrettWitt

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