A judge was expected to hear testimony from three new accusers who said a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy sexually assaulted them while on duty, leading to five new charges against Deputy Richard Fischer.
In addition to the new charges, including one charge of oral copulation by force and one charge of burglary, Fischer has already been ordered to stand trial on another 15 involving 13 other women.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges on August 20.
On Tuesday, a woman said she was 24-years-old when she first interacted with Fischer at the scene of a crash.
She told the court she was driving drunk and crashed into two parked cars and Fischer was one of the responding deputies.
During their interaction at the scene, Fischer’s behavior made her uncomfortable, she said. She told the court that the deputy began touching her inappropriately and breathing heavily on her while she was in his patrol car.
“He asked me how old I was, I said I just turned 24. Asked me if I got a birthday kiss. I said what? and asked me if I wanted a birthday kiss. and I didn’t say anything,” she said.
On Monday, the first woman took the stand on one of the most egregious charges against the deputy.
The woman’s accusations led to three of five new charges against Fischer, including one charge of oral copulation by force and one charge of burglary, all of which he pleaded not guilty to.
In court, Tatjana T., 51, who runs an assisted living facility, said she had met Deputy Fischer several times because the nature of her job led her to call for law enforcement aid frequently.
The woman fought back tears as she described Deputy Fischer kissing her all over her body in her apartment on one of those encounters.
She started her testimony by sharing the first time she met Deputy Fischer on New Year’s Eve 2016 when he and another deputy responded to a situation at her facility.
The deputies left, but Fischer returned and asked for several hugs, she said.
In days that followed, Fischer stopped by the facility, that Tatjana T. also lived at, multiple times even though no 911 call was made.
Then, Fischer began stopping at her garage, which she uses as an office and asking to meet with her privately. She described this happened at least five times.
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.
One of those encounters was in late March 2017 or early April 2017 when 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.
When asked by a prosecutor if she wanted that to happen, she responded, “No.”
“I tried a couple times [to stop him], but this is a big man. Not successful. You can’t push someone that is double the size of you and has a gun,” she said.
Tatjana T. said a few minutes later he stopped, said he’s married and has a child and left.
She described the fear that prevented her from coming forward against Fischer.
“Scared to share. Scared to tell anybody. Scared nobody would believe me. Scared to lose my clients. I think I was a good example, feeling guilty, any emotion possible,” Tatjana T. said.
Deputy Fischer has denied all allegations against him, including the one presented by Tatjana T. in court on Monday.
To see a full timeline of the criminal case against Fischer, click here.
Source: NBC San Diego