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Timeline: Criminal Case Against San Diego County Deputy Richard Fischer

A look at the dates and allegations in the case involving the San Diego County sheriff's deputy accused of battery by a peace officer.

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    Timeline: Criminal Case Against San Diego County Deputy Richard Fischer
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    Deputy Richard Fischer looks directly at the media during his arraignment on multiple charges of assault and battery by a police officer, one sexual battery charge and one false imprisonment charge.

    July 20, 2015: A woman said Deputy Richard Fischer inappropriately touched her after pulling her over while she was riding a bicycle. 

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    Sept. 20, 2015: One of the charges filed against Deputy Richard Fischer is connected to this date. 

    Nov. 24, 2015: A woman was stopped on 2nd Street in El Cajon for not having a working license plate light. The woman, who was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges, said Fischer searched her three times. Outside the entrance to the women's jail, the woman alleges that Fischer unbuckled her seatbelt and touched her breasts. 

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    Jan. 3, 2016: Lakeside woman alleges she was touched inappropriately when handcuffed in Deputy Fischer's patrol car. 

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    Feb. 29, 2016: A woman claims Deputy Fischer sexually assaulted her in her van parked on the side of a road in El Cajon. In a civil lawsuit, the woman alleges Fischer asked her if she had a problem with the van's engine then searcher her from her chest to her knee as well as her van. 

    Deputy Fisher was criminally charged with assault and battery by a police officer in connection with this incident.

    May 4, 2016: The woman in the stop on Nov. 24, 2015, in El Cajon said she wrote a letter detailing the incident to the SDSO Internal Affairs, according to a civil lawsuit that was filed by the woman's attorney.

    Sept. 1, 2016: One of the charges filed against Deputy Richard Fischer is connected to this date.

    Oct. 20, 2016: A Vista woman alleges she was groped by Deputy Fischer and visited four times by the deputy after calling the sheriff's department for help. The woman worked as an on-site manager of an apartment complex and called about a trespasser. Deputy Fischer responded to the Oct 13 call and told the woman he had spoken with the man. Days later, the woman reported to the deputy that her car had been vandalized on the night she reported the trespasser. Fischer offered to stop by and "apologize in person," according to the complaint. The woman alleges she was groped and followed to her room by the deputy. She also claims Fischer two other times.

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident.

    Nov. 4, 2016: A San Marcos woman called 911 for help with a domestic violence incident involving her husband. She states Deputy Fischer returned after other deputies had left, asked to come inside her home and hugged her tightly. A lawsuit filed alleges that the deputy later called her and told her “I’m down the street checking up on you.” 

    Deputy Fischer was charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    A civil lawsuit filed against San Diego County was settled for $262,000 on May 1, 2018, in connection with this incident.

    Nov. 26, 2016:  Deputy Fischer performed a welfare check for a San Marcos woman. According to her civil claim, the deputy entered her home, took off his coat and told her she was "hot" and that she needed a hug. The complaint described an embrace "that included fondling of her buttocks with his hands and inappropriate massaging of her breasts with his own chest.” When the deputy allegedly asked for a kiss, the woman said she refused and insisted he leave.  The complaint claims the deputy told the woman “that he would be in the neighborhood watching out for her.”

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    Aug. 6, 2016: A San Marcos woman called 911 because her home had been burglarized. During the investigation, the woman had told the deputies that her husband was traveling out of the country at the time. Hours later, Deputy Fischer returned, knocked on the door and gave the woman a “different kind of hug” according to a civil suit.

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    May 3, 2017:  A woman was pulled over for a missing taillight near W. Vista and Melrose, told to fix it and released.  She said she was pulled over a second time with sirens. According to the woman, Deputy Fischer offered to escort her home to ensure she arrived safely. At her home, the woman alleges Fischer asked for a hug and then hugged her. 

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of false imprisonment in connection with this incident. 

    June 18, 2017:  A woman said she was pulled over at 1:30 a.m. for a taillight that was not working. When Deputy Fischer learned her license was suspended, he asked her to step out of the vehicle, turn around and put her hands behind her back. At this point, the woman claims Deputy Fischer interlocked his hand with hers and allegedly said, “I apologize if it seems like I’m holding your hands but you’re just so hot,” according to the claim.

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    Aug. 20, 2017: Two deputies performed a welfare check for a woman who later filed a claim with the county. A man in another state had called 911 concerned about his adult daughter who has been diagnosed as bipolar. The woman alleges Fischer returned later asked to use her bathroom and stayed in her home for up to 10 minutes, complimenting the woman and hugging her. The complaint adds that Fischer allegedly fondled the woman's torso, shoulders, arms, back, and buttocks.

    Deputy Fischer was criminally charged with suspicion of assault and battery by an officer in connection with this incident. 

    Sept. 7, 2017: A woman known only by Jane Doe was on her way home froma  bar when she struck three parked cars in the early hours. She called a friend who then drove her home before the authorities arrived. Officials had already been notified and dispatchers sent a deputy to the woman's home. When the woman returned home, Deputy Fisher was waiting. She alleges asked the woman if she wanted a "birthday kiss" then allegedly rubbed her legs as he reached over to unbuckle her seat belt. The woman said the deputy commented on how "soft" her legs were and as she exited the car, she said he "groped her buttocks" and grabbed between her legs. She ran inside the home. The allegations were made in a petition with the court posted March 14, 2019.

    Oct. 6, 2017: A San Marcos woman called 911 to report a threat made by her boyfriend. She claims Deputy Fischer took her right hand and moved it to his erect penis and rubbed it up and down twice when he came to her home in uniform and in response to a call.

    Deputy Fischer was charged on suspicion of sexual battery and assault and battery by an officer regarding this incident.

    Oct. 24, 2017: The woman in the August 20th claim spoke with an SDSO lieutenant on Oct. 24 and detailed the incident, according to her attorney. 

    Nov. 3, 2017: San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Ryan Keim sent the following statement to NBC 7 via email: "The Department has received a complaint and claim for damages exceeding $6,000,000, from a female adult alleging inappropriate hugging by Deputy Fischer. The employee was immediately moved to an administrative assignment upon notification of the complaint. The Sheriff's Department does not comment on pending criminal or internal investigations. However, the department holds all of our employees to the highest standards and is in the process of conducting a prompt and thorough investigation into the allegations."

    Nov. 16, 2017: The woman in the Nov. 24, 2015 incident again submitted a letter to SDSO Internal affairs, according to her civil claim. 

    Nov. 28, 2017: NBC 7 confirms Fischer was under criminal and internal investigations following accusations filed with the county by three women.

    Dec. 21, 2017: Sheriff Bill Gore appears on NBC 7 News at 4 p.m. to answer questions about the department's treatment of the investigation into Deputy Fischer.

    Jan. 22, 2018: The criminal investigation against Deputy Fischer was formally submitted for review to the District Attorney's Office.

    Feb. 22, 2018: Fischer is formally charged with 14 criminal counts involving 12 victims including one count of felony sexual battery, seven felony counts and five misdemeanor counts of assault under color of authority and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment.

    Feb. 22, 2018: Sheriff Bill Gore issues a statement on the arrest of Deputy Fischer, saying the deputy's payroll status was changed from paid administrative leave to unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

    May 1, 2018: Two women reach settlements in their civil lawsuits filed against San Diego County.

    June 6, 2018: Deputy Fischer was ordered to stand trial.

    June 11, 2018: The Fischer family's 62-year-old babysitter joins the women who accuse Fischer of sexual misconduct. The woman was a former co-worker of Fischer who began babysitting for the family after she retired from the sheriff's department.

    July 26, 2018: "Every night, my wife and I pray that my good name will be cleared and exonerated," Deputy Fischer said when he met with members of the media outside of a downtown courthouse. He spoke exclusively with NBC 7 about the impact of the allegations that he described as false. 

    August 13, 2018: A former Mesa College student claims the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department investigated one of its deputies currently facing criminal charges for allegedly following her and groping her after a traffic stop in 2012. Her claim filed August 3 states two Internal Affairs detectives pressured her not to file a formal complaint.

    August 16, 2018: Deputy Fischer was booked Thursday morning on three charges of assault and battery by an officer, one charge of oral copulation by force and one charge of burglary, according to prosecutors. All five are felony counts.

    August 17, 2018: An arraignment on new charges was delayed. The judge kept Fischer's bail at $2 million after the defense requested a reduction. Fischer posts bail and was released.

    August 20, 2018: Fischer pleads not guilty to five new charges including oral copulation by force. The victim in three of the new counts is a 51-year old woman who owns an assisted living facility. The prosecutor told the judge that vehicle tracking software put the defendant's vehicle at the victim's address five times including the date that falls close to the date of the alleged incident. No service call was placed, she added.

    August 24, 2018: The defendant appears in court to show an ankle bracelet that is being used to track his movements while out on bail.

    Oct. 1, 2018: During a preliminary hearing on new charges filed against Fischer, Tatjana T., who runs an assisted living facility, testified she had met Fischer several times because the nature of her job led her to call for law enforcement aid frequently. On New Year's Eve 2016, she said Fischer he and another deputy responded to a situation at her facility. Fischer later returned and asked for several hugs, she said. A prosecutor told the judge that vehicle tracking software put the defendant's vehicle at the victim's address five times and that no service call was made.

    The same witness testified that in late March 2017 or early April 2017 she saw a light flash through her window and heard Deputy Fischer's voice. She thought something was wrong so she opened the garage and he walked into her apartment, Tatjana T. said. Fighting back tears, she described Deputy Fischer kissing and groping her and then forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

    Fischer has denied all allegations against him, including the one presented by Tatjana T. in court.

    Oct. 2, 2018: A woman testified she was 24 when she first met Fischer at the scene of a crash. She told the court she was under the influence when she crashed into two parked cars but when Fischer talked with her, he asked if she had received a "birthday kiss." She accused the deputy of touching her inappropriately when she was in custody in the back of his patrol car.

    Oct. 3, 2018: Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered Fischer to stand trial on the five new criminal charges. Fischer maintained his innocent. His attorney called the allegations part of a "money grab" by women trying to cash in on civil settlements with the county. 

    Oct. 25, 2018: Richard Fischer appeared in court for an arraignment on the five new criminal charges. Fischer said he is looking forward to a jury trial to clear his name. 

    Feb. 22, 2019: Richard Fischer's employment with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department ends. NBC 7 learns of this on March 15 while reporting on new allegations. When asked if Fischer resigned or was terminated, Lt. Karen Stubjkaer said, "he no longer works for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department." 

    March 14, 2019:A new allegation was made against the now-former deputy dating back to Sept. 20, 2017. 

    Sept. 9, 2019: Felony trial date is set. 

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