NEWTON, IL. (ECWd) -
The Jasper County Community School District No. 1 has received a Motion for Sanctions against it alleging one of its employees committed witness tampering by threatening and intimidating a witness in a federal lawsuit.
A Federal lawsuit was brought against the Jasper County School District in 2017 by School Board Member Jed Earnest alleging certain civil rights violations by the Board and its Superintendent, Andrew D. Johnson.
John Fulton, listed on the complaint as school board president is the brother of District employee Jason Fulton. This Motion is a result of the alleged actions of the employee and not the board member.
Jason Fulton is accused of threatening, intimidating, and tampering with a witness in this federal lawsuit.
Jason Fulton is listed as a Driver's Education teacher at the Newton High School.
The Motion for Sanctions alleges that:
- Jason Fulton approached Andy Pullen and his wife at the Newton Bowling Alley on November 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. while they were eating dinner.
- Jason Fulton made comments to Andy in a harsh and menacing tone, in a threatening manner called Pullen a liar
- Jason Fulton looked down and placed himself immediately above Pullen and in a threatening manner stated: "What are you going to do about it?"
- Pullen believed Jason Fulton was threatening and intimidating him to discourage him from being a witness in the lawsuit
- Pullin and his wife felt threatened and feared for their safety
- The Pullin's left and went to the police station to file a police report about the incident
- Jason Fulton knew Pullin was a witness in this federal lawsuit
"Witness tampering is among the gravest abuses of the judicial process, and as such, it warrants a substantial sanction." Ramirez.
This Motion was filed on December 27, 2018. You can download the motion at this link.