7th woman accuses San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer of inappropriate behavior

Posted at 6:31 AM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 09:31:55-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A seventh woman has come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against a San Diego County sheriff's deputy.

One evening this past May, nearly a year after Debbie's husband died of from cancer, she broke down.

"My daughter and I had quarreled. I had left my house to go to my friend's house … in my car," said Debbie.

Her daughter was worried her mother -- in her 50s -- might harm herself so she called deputies.

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Soon after, Debbie said two patrol cars pulled her over and one of the deputies was Richard Fischer.

"I was nervous, to say the least," said Debbie.

Debbie said when she put her hand in her pockets against the deputies' wishes, they cuffed her on the curb.

While one deputy went to his car to retrieve something, Debbie said that's when Deputy Fischer got very close.

"With his foot on the curb ... which left his crotch close to my face, he started talking about my age and how I didn't look my age. He asked if I were older, 'Would I date him?'" said Debbie.

Debbie said she froze in disbelief.

"I was afraid and disgusted," Debbie told 10News.

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Debbie remembers the other deputy coming back, then taking her to a hospital. She said she later told friends and family about the incident but was too afraid to call the sheriff's department.

Months later, she said she saw that same deputy in a 10News story.

Since early November, six other women have accused Fischer of inappropriate behavior on the job, including groping and fondling.

"I think he decided that, 'This is my next victim, this is my next prey. What is she going to do about it?' He targets vulnerable women. This shows he is comfortable doing this. It's almost becoming mundane for him,'" said attorney Dan Gilleon, who represents all of the accusers, including Debbie.

Six claims and lawsuits have been filed in the case.

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10News reached out to the sheriff's department for a comment but did not hear back. In a prior case, a sheriff's department spokesperson sent 10News this statement:

"The department placed Mr. Fischer on an administrative assignment and initiated concurrent administrative and criminal investigations immediately upon notification by the first complainant. Mr. Fischer is currently on administrative leave while the department conducts a thorough investigation of each complaint. The department is prohibited by law from releasing specific details of the investigation. However, any allegations of this nature are taken very seriously and the department will take the appropriate actions at the conclusion of the investigation."