Former San Diego deputy pleads guilty to assault and battery

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Jailed sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer appeared in a Vista courtroom on Friday, his first time in front of a judge since his arrest Thursday on additional charges that he engaged in sexual misconduct while on duty. The judge agreed to postpone Fischer’s arraignment to Aug. 27. (John Gibbins /San Diego Union-Tribune)

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VISTA, Calif. -- A former San Diego County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty in court Monday to seven counts against him after more than a dozen women said he sexually assaulted them.

Richard Fischer, 32, pleaded guilty to four counts of felony assault and battery, one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment, and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery as an officer of the law.

Fischer could face a maximum of five years behind bars. A judge could also decide to give Fischer no prison time and four years of parole.

He is currently out of custody on bail. His sentencing is scheduled for December 10.

In October, Fischer said he was innocent after at least 16 women came forward saying he had sexually assaulted them while he was on the job.

Fischer also agreed to register as a sex offender, if the court orders him to do so. He must also relinquish all firearms and will not be allowed to own any.

In one case, Fischer is accused of groping and fondling victims while he was on-duty.

One 51-year-old woman said in court that Fischer responded to a 911 call at a living facility she ran in Vista for people with mental health and drug issues. He then returned to her apartment unannounced on a later occasion and forced her to perform a sex act on him, she said.

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