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Hagerstown man ordered bound over in Pa. rape case

January 23, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man and former Maryland state prison inmate remains in Franklin County Jail after a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court on charges that he raped a Washington Township woman on New Year's Day.

Terry L. Fulton, 30, of 650 N. Prospect St., was bound over for court by Magisterial District Justice Duane Cunningham on charges including rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, defiant trespass and burglary. Cunningham also amended the criminal complaint to add charges of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of simple assault.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove told Cunningham that the simple assault charges involved two children in the woman's house at the time of the sexual assault - an 11-year-old boy who was hit in the face and an 8-year-old girl who was kicked.

The woman testified that she got to know Fulton while he was incarcerated. Assistant Public Defender Paul Rockwell said that the woman had corresponded with Fulton for several years while he was in prison in Maryland.

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The woman testified that on New Year's Day, Fulton came to her Kings Road house about 5:30 a.m. and was let in by her daughter.

"I asked him to leave ... He hit me and I fell down on the floor" of the kitchen, she testified. Fulton ripped her pajama pants off, she testified, and struck her nephew when the boy tried to intervene.

"I ran outside with no clothes ... He dragged me back inside," the woman testified. Fulton kicked her daughter when she tried to stop him, she testified.

Fulton then dragged her upstairs and sexually assaulted her, she testified.

"He choked me to the point I thought that was it," she testified. "I thought he was going to kill me."

The woman testified that a friend of Fulton called the house thinking he might be there. Getting no answer, the friend came to the woman's house and restrained Fulton while the woman ran to a neighbor's to call for help, she testified.

Cunningham scheduled Fulton's mandatory arraignment for March 5.

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