Ex-UFC fighter Travis Fulton found dead in jail after child porn plea

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Former UFC combatant Travis Fulton was recovered dormant successful an Iowa jailhouse aboriginal Saturday, authorities say, 1 time aft helium agreed to plead blameworthy to national child porn charges.

A jailhouse idiosyncratic recovered Fulton unresponsive successful his compartment during a regular expanse astatine the installation successful Cedar Rapids, Iowa, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Attempts to resuscitate him failed and helium was pronounced dormant astatine a infirmary astatine 5 a.m.

Investigators fishy it was a decease by suicide, but an autopsy volition beryllium performed to find the authoritative cause.

Fulton, 44, was a retired UFC combatant who held the grounds for astir mixed martial arts fights ever. He was nicknamed “Ironman” for his long-running streak, which ended with his past combat successful 2019.

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Fulton had been successful jailhouse since Feb. 19, erstwhile helium was arrested connected aggregate kid pornography-related charges. The charges included 1 number of intersexual exploitation of a child, 1 number of possessing kid pornography and 1 number of receiving kid pornography, according to tribunal records obtained by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Court documents alleged that Fulton exploited an underage miss from June 2013 until April 2020, and that helium did the aforesaid to different kid astir November 2020.

Fulton indicated successful a tribunal filing connected Friday that helium was prepared to plead blameworthy to intersexual exploitation of a kid and possession of kid pornography charges, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He was owed to look successful tribunal to alteration his plea connected July 23.

Earlier past week, a justice rejected Fulton’s efforts to situation a hunt warrant that turned up grounds successful the case.

Fulton was besides facing authorities charges successful Black Hawk County, wherever helium was accused of repeatedly punching a pistillate successful the caput and threatening to termination her and her household successful 2019.

“The suspect is simply a self-proclaimed nonrecreational fighter, with a twenty-year career, and the quality to bash superior bodily wounded with his hands,” the transgression ailment said.

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The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 each connection ways of getting assistance if you, oregon idiosyncratic you know, whitethorn beryllium suffering from intelligence wellness issues.

Please scope retired for assistance if you oregon idiosyncratic you cognize is successful crisis: interaction the Canadian Suicide Support enactment astatine 1-833-456-4566 or find a telephone centre adjacent you.

With files from The Associated Press

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