Steven Fuller, a judge for the Pinal County Superior Court, has been reassigned to handle civil cases, pending allegations of sexually abusing a minor.
According to a police report, the alleged victim stated that Fuller touched her genitals and buttocks and rubbed against her in almost weekly occurrences from the time she was age 13 until she reached adulthood. She also stated in the police report that Fuller showed her pornography. She is now 25.
The woman told investigators she had confided in her mother when she was age 13, but her mother told her that making such allegations could ruin others’ lives.
Pinal County officials have referred the case to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in order to avoid a conflict of interest.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Fuller’s lawyer, Dennis Wilenchik, stated, “Steve Fuller didn’t do anything to make her into a victim. Steve is the victim.” Matt Long, lawyer for the woman, however, told AP that his client stands by what she has told authorities.
Todd D. Zweig, the administrator for Pinal County Superior Court, released a statement that, “While the allegations are under investigation, measures will be taken as necessary or appropriate to minimize any potential for compromising the public’s confidence in the court or the administration of justice.”
According to Zweig, Fuller requested the reassignment to civil cases while the allegations are pending.
According to his Pinal County Judicial Bio, Fuller served as Deputy County Attorney, Pinal County, from 2002-2008. He was named Pinal County Felony Prosecutor of the Year in 2003. He sidestepped into private practice from 2008 – 2010 before returning to public service as Judge Pro Tem, Pinal County, from 2008-2010.
In November, 2010, he was elected to serve on the Pinal County Superior Court for a term expiring in 2014 and was retained on November 4, 2014, for a term that expires on January 6, 2019.
Fuller’s community service, past and present includes the Board of Directors, Copper Basin YMCA; Member, Rotary International; Youth Basketball Coach, YMCA; and Counselor, Boy Scouts of America.