A veteran sheriff’s deputy was charged Thursday with eight felonies and six misdemeanors after a months-long investigation into sexual misconduct allegations by women he encountered on patrol according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The criminal charges come after 14 women filed claims accusing Fischer of groping and other misconduct.
The sex criminal, Deputy Richard Fischer, 31, pleaded not guilty to eight felonies and a half dozen misdemeanors related to allegations that first surfaced last fall.
In all, Fischer was charged with one count of sexual battery and 12 counts of assault and battery by an officer and one count of false imprisonment. The charges could put him in prison for up to 14 years. Judge David J. Danielsen also issued protective orders for the 12 victims cited by prosecutors.
Some of the charges accuse Fischer of committing crimes while the victims were detained or in custody; others allege he returned to victims’ homes after responding to calls for help and assaulted them.
Accusations against Fischer began piling up within days of the first news stories. The deputy was placed on desk duty, then administrative leave. That’s means he’s still on the loose and getting paid by the taxpayers.