Norfolk police warning to parents over social media as rapist is jailed

Robert Fulton, of Lowestoft, who has been jailed for raping a 12-year-old. Robert Fulton, of Lowestoft, who has been jailed for raping a 12-year-old.

Peter Walsh peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Monday, December 9, 2013
9:30 PM

Parents across Norfolk have been urged to “quiz” their children about their use of social media after a man was jailed for raping a 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook while posing as a 19-year-old.

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Robert Fulton, 32, of Southwell Road, Lowestoft, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after previously admitting two counts of rape and another of sexual assault on a girl he met through social media. The offences happened on December 28 last year when the two met at a park near Great Yarmouth.

Sentencing Fulton at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Anthony Bate said he had “masqueraded” as a 19-year-old in Facebook conversations with the “vulnerable young lady” in sexually explicit messages which even he found shocking.

He said that while the victim sent quite explicit messages back it was “clear throughout that you were very keen indeed to meet and put into reality the explicit sexual messages that you were making to her in December 2012”.

Speaking after the case, Det Con Richard Wallis, who led the investigation, urged mothers, fathers and guardians not to be afraid of quizzing their children about their use of social media sites.

He said: “Many parents can feel apprehensive about being too nosey about their children’s lives.

“But they need to adopt prying eyes and become much more mindful of the dangers the online world can bring.

“We take all offences of a sexual nature extremely seriously. The constabulary has a number of specially trained officers to deal with such crimes who ensure victims receive care in an empathetic and appropriate manner.”

Det Con Wallis said the vulnerable victim has been “left devastated by her ordeal” at the hands of Fulton whom he described as a “manipulative and dangerous individual”.

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