Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Travis Fulton is facing multiple charges of child pornography, according to a report from The Courier.
The 43-year-old Fulton was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child porn and receipt of child porn. On Friday, Fulton pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was detained pending a further hearing, with a trial date set tentatively for April.
According to court records, Fulton allegedly attempted to engage a minor in sexual conduct with hopes of taking photos of the encounter this past November. Additionally, Fulton is accused of possessing a flash drive with pornographic images of a child under 12 years of age between November 2018 and November 2020.
Prior to the most recent charges, Fulton was awaiting trial on domestic violence charges related to a 2019 incident in which he is accused of punching a woman in the back of the head and threatening to kill her if she contacted police. Fulton and the woman were detained earlier this month after being seen together, which violated the terms of a restraining order, on Jan. 28.
According to the Sherdog.com database, Fulton has amassed a prolific record of 255-54-10 with one no contest over the course of a professional MMA career that began in 1996. The Parkersburg, West Virginia, resident last fought on April 4, 2019, defeating Shannon Ritch via forearm choke in the second round. During his fighting tenure, Fulton has squared off against the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson, Ricco Rodriguez, Ben Rothwell, Joe Riggs, Jeremy Horn, Forrest Griffin, Dan Severn, Rich Franklin, Evan Tanner, Heath Herring and Renato Sobral, to name a few.