Travis Fulton, longtime MMA fighter and boxer, indicted on federal child porn charges

Fulton fought in UFC 20 and UFC 21

Travis Fulton, a former boxer and mixed martial artist who briefly fought in the UFC, was indicted on federal child pornography charges by a grand jury in Iowa on Friday.

Fulton, 43, was charged with sexual exploitation of a child, child pornography possession and receipt of child pornography, ESPN reported, citing the indictment.

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Tony Morfitt, a spokesperson for the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, Sean R. Berry, told ESPN that Fulton faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted. Fulton’s public defender Jill Johnston declined to comment on the arrest.

Fulton allegedly attempted to get a minor to "engage in sexually explicit conduct" to produce "visual depictions of such conduct" on a digital camera, according to ESPN. He is also alleged to have a depiction of another minor under 12 on a thumb drive.

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The camera and flash drive were reportedly bought outside of Iowa.

Fulton is also facing separate criminal charges in the state, according to The Courier. He was charged with willful injury and multiple domestic abuse counts over a 2019 incident with a woman, according to the newspaper reported.

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In the fighting world, Fulton was known as "The Ironman." The Waterloo, Iowa, native fought in about 320 MMA bouts, stacking up 255 wins. He fought in UFC 20 and UFC 21 where he won once. He last fought in 2019 in M1 Global picking up a victory over Shannon Ritch.

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