Ex-deputy who sexually abused 16 women while on duty sentenced to 44-months behind bars

VISTA (KUSI) – A former San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who groped, hugged and tried to kiss more than a dozen women while on duty between 2015 and 2017 was sentenced Tuesday to 44 months behind bars followed by 16 months of post- release supervision.

Under his sentence, however, Richard Fischer will not have to register as a sex offender.

Fischer pleaded guilty in September to four felony counts of assault under color of authority, two misdemeanor counts of assault under color of authority, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. The charges stemmed from attacks on 16 women.

He could have faced up to five years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.

Fischer originally faced 20 felony and misdemeanor charges and was looking at potentially more than 25 years to life.

This story has been updated since sentencing. The original version is below.

VISTA (KUSI) – An ex-San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty to criminal charges for sexual misconduct involving 16 women he came into contact with while on patrol is slated to be sentenced Tuesday.

Richard Fischer, 33, faces up to five years in prison for sexually assaulting women while on duty between 2015 and 2017 in North and East San Diego County. The victims said Fischer groped, hugged or tried to kiss them, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The sentencing judge will decide whether Fischer receives prison or probation, as well as whether he will have to register as a sex offender.

Fischer entered his plea in September to four felony counts of assault under color of authority, two misdemeanor counts of assault under color of authority, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. All 16 victims are included in the charges to which Fischer admitted.

He previously faced 20 felony and misdemeanor charges and was looking at potentially more than 25 years to life.

Richard Fischer

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