An 18th woman has come forward to accuse San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer of sexual misconduct.
The 45-year-old woman is suing Fischer for an encounter that allegedly happened last October at a Days Inn in San Marcos.
She was staying there with her 12-year-old daughter after a fight with her now ex-husband.
Fischer was one of the deputies who responded to the domestic report, the woman says and alleges Fischer sexually assaulted her in the motel bathroom.
Two weeks ago, a judge ruled Fischer must stand trial on 15 charges of groping and fondling 13 women.
Thirteen alleged victims testified in the preliminary hearing. Fischer pleaded not guilty to 15 criminal counts that include assault and battery under the color of authority.
Each victim has accused the six-year veteran of the sheriff's department of kissing, hugging, and inappropriately touching them.
Charges against Fischer stem from incidents over a span of two years and four months with the earliest alleged incident happening in May 2015 and the most recent incident occurring in October 2017.
The Sheriff's Department says it will not comment on on-going civil and criminal cases.
Fischer was placed on paid administrative leave in October when the first accusation surfaced. He remains on unpaid leave.