SAFFORD — A sex offender who violated his probation was sentenced to 20 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections last Tuesday, July 2.

At a settlement conference in Graham County Superior Court, Sean Fulkerson, 41, was found to have violated probation for one count of attempted child molestation. He was also found guilty of five counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child. Each count was a class 3 felony.

Fulkerson was given a presumptive 10-year sentence for the probation violation, along with a consecutive sentence for one count of exploitation, for a total of 20 years. For the other four counts, he was sentenced to lifetime sex offender probation upon his release from prison.

Fulkerson was already on lifetime probation after serving time for a 1999 child molestation incident. On Feb. 6, 2019, acting on information from the Department of Homeland Security that someone at Fulkerson’s residence was downloading child pornography, the Graham County Probation Department conducted a search. That search, assisted by DHS and the Safford Police Department, found multiple images of children in various sex acts on Fulkerson’s cell phone.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to Graham County’s request for jurisdiction. “I am glad it was not a federal court that decided this case, but that we were able to take care of business right here in our own courthouse,” said Graham County Chief Deputy Attorney L. Scott Bennett, who prosecuted the case.

“Sexual crimes against children are horrific, and I cannot praise all those involved with this investigation enough,” Bennett added.

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