By Liz Shepherd
SOUTH WHITLEY — A South Whitley man faces three criminal charges after molesting children.
In two criminal cases, Eric Allen Fulk, 41, 710 N. Calhoun St., South Whitley, is charged with child molesting, a level 1 felony; and two counts of child molesting, both level 4 felonies.
Whitley County Sheriff’s officers received a report of a possible child molesting from a Huntington County Sheriff’s Office detective. The jurisdiction of the incident was determined to be in South Whitley.
During a bath, a child told an unnamed individual that Fulk had been inappropriately touching them. According to court documents, the child lives with their grandmother and has weekly visitation with their mother and their mother’s fiancé, Fulk.
On April 1, a forensic interview was conducted with the child. During the interview, the child told the interviewer that Fulk inappropriately touched them and said not to tell or they would get in trouble. The interviewer also asked the child’s mother if they had any access to pornography. The mother said they did not.
That same day, Fulk was interviewed at the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office. During the interview, Fulk said he was aware the child said he did something. He said he believed a family member told the child to say those statements about him due to familial tensions. Fulk allegedly denied ever touching the child. The officer explained to Fulk that the child gave a believable disclosure and offered Fulk a polygraph examination. Fulk agreed to take a polygraph.
On April 2, Fulk contacted the officer and said he had contacted an attorney and would not be taking a polygraph.
On April 6, officers interviewed an unnamed individual who said that while she was bathing the child, the child said Fulk inappropriately touched them. The child also said Fulk would sometimes lay with them and other children in a residence until they were asleep.
On Aug. 6, a second forensic interview was conducted with the child. In that interview, the child re-stated the incident where Fulk touched them inappropriately.
In a separate case, Whitley County Sheriff’s officers received a report from the Department of Child Services about a child at a daycare attempting to inappropriately touch two other children. During a forensic interview, the child said Fulk inappropriately touched them more than one time.
Fulk was booked in the Whitley County Jail on Sept. 3, with a $150,000 surety bond.