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San Diego County Sheriff's deputy faces accusers at Vista hearing

Posted at 4:04 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 20:45:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new accuser came forward Wednesday at the preliminary hearing for the San Diego Sheriff's deputy accused of sexual misconduct.

Three women testified against Richard Fischer at the Vista Courthouse at the start of the hearing, which could last more than a week. 

Earlier in May, a settlement was reached in two cases against Fischer. The settlements total more than $400,000.

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The Sheriff's Department opened an investigation into Fischer after a woman claimed he groped her while responding to a service call.

The investigation has since been expanded to more than a dozen incidents against Fischer dating back to 2015.

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The 32-year-old is on unpaid leave and out on bail pending the outcome of the criminal court cases.