Car­roll teacher charged in on­line sex sting in Vir­ginia

Baltimore Sun - - NATION MARYLAND -

Po­lice in Mary­land and Vir­ginia are look­ing for other po­ten­tial vic­tims af­ter the ar­rest this week of a for­mer Car­roll County Teacher of the Year who has been charged in Vir­ginia with seek­ing sex on­line with mi­nors. Ken­neth Brian Fis­cher, 39, of the 800 block of Amherst Lane in Westminster was ar­rested Wed­nes­day evening at his home, where elec­tronic and dig­i­tal data stor­age de­vices were seized, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Mary­land State Po­lice, who as­sisted in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Fis­cher, a teacher at West Mid­dle School, has been charged in Vir­ginia on four counts of so­lic­i­ta­tion of a mi­nor. He was im­me­di­ately sus­pended with­out pay, school of­fi­cials said. He was be­ing held with­out bond Thurs­day at the Car­roll County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, await­ing an extradition hear­ing, ac­cord­ing to elec­tronic court records. Fis­cher’s at­tor­ney, Robert N. Smith III, of Westminster, said any com­ments re­gard­ing the case would come within the con­fines of the court­room. He did say he was “dis­ap­pointed” at some state­ments at­trib­uted to law en­force­ment. “Although we un­der­stand the con­cern of the cit­i­zens for any chil­dren, we are none­the­less dis­ap­pointed that the po­lice have ap­par­ently cho­sen to lit­i­gate this in the press,” Smith said Thurs­day night. Jon O’Neal, an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent with Car­roll County’s schools, said no cur­rent lo­cal stu­dents or staff mem­bers had come to the ad­min­is­tra­tion with com­plaints about Fis­cher. When asked if there were com­plaints from for­mer stu­dents or staff, O’Neal said he could not comment on per­son­nel mat­ters. Ac­cord­ing to Fair­fax County po­lice, a de­tec­tive pos­ing as a 14-yearold boy was con­tacted on­line last month by a man, later iden­ti­fied as Fis­cher. Fis­cher sent sex­u­ally ex­plicit images to the de­tec­tive, po­lice said. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tec­tives be­came aware of other pos­si­ble vic­tims in North­ern Vir­ginia and Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to Fair­fax County po­lice. Fis­cher be­gan his ca­reer with Car­roll County schools in 2000 as a teacher at North Car­roll High School, then worked at Win­ters Mill High School from 2002 to 2007. In 2006, he was named the Car­roll County Pub­lic Schools Teacher of the Year. He moved into ad­min­is­tra­tion, then later re­turned to the class­room. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Fair­fax po­lice at 703-246-7800 or 703-6912131, or Mary­land State Po­lice at 410-953-8271. Fis­cher

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