Kenneth Fischer, former Carroll teacher, indicted on federal child pornography production, related charges

Emily Chappell
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Former Carroll County Public Schools teacher Kenneth Brian Fischer was indicted on more federal charges this week, including child pornography production.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Fischer, 40, of Westminster, for production of child pornography, attempted production of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland.

Fischer used social media applications, including Kik and Grindr, to meet and communicate with underage males for the purpose of enticing and directing the minors to “produce depictions of sexually explicit conduct” and send them to Fischer, according to the release.

In August 2017, law enforcement identified Fischer after he communicated with an undercover agent posing as a minor male on Grindr, according to the release. Law enforcement subsequently executed a search warrant at Fischer’s home in Westminster and seized various electronic devices.

A search on a cellphone revealed that Fischer had been communicating with five real minors beginning in November 2014 and continuing through his arrest in September 2017, according to the release.

According to the indictment, Fischer enticed three minor males to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography, according to the release. Fischer also attempted to entice two minor males to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography, according to the release.

Fischer also sent email messages containing videos and still images of one of the minor males engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Fischer received an image of another one of the minor males engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the release.

The male minors were between the ages of 15 and 17, according to the indictment documents, and lived in Maryland and elsewhere.

The first charge stems from a November 2014 incident and involves two videos that depict the genitals of a John Doe 1, and two still images of the genitals of John Doe 1, according to the documents.

The second charge — transportation of child pornography — involves the same minor and occurred in April 2015, according to the document. This charge involves Fischer allegedly sending an email to John Doe 1, which included sexually explicit conduct, according to the documents.

Charge three — attempted production of child pornography — comes from an incident in May 2017, which continued until June 2017, in which Fischer allegedly attempted to “employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce” John Doe 2 to engage in sexually explicit conduct, according to the documents.

The fourth charge — production of child pornography — stems from Fischer allegedly trying to “employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce” John Doe 3 to engage in sexually explicit conduct in June 2017, according to the documents.

In July 2017 through September 2017, Fischer allegedly attempted to “employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce” John Doe 4, which is the basis of the fifth charge, attempted production of child pornography, according to the documents.

Charge six — receipt of child pornography — comes from an August 2017 incident in which Fischer allegedly received two photographs sent through the internet of the genitals of John Doe 3, according to the documents.

The seventh charge — production of child pornography — stems from an August 2017 and involves five images of the genitals of John Doe 5, according to the documents.

The final charge — attempted enticement of a minor — alleges that at the end of August and continuing until early September 2017, Fischer attempted to persuade and entice an individual under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity, according to the documents.

Fischer was originally facing charges in Virginia on four counts of solicitation of a minor in connection with an online chat investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crime Bureau’s Child Exploitation Unit.

He was arrested Sept. 13 in Westminster as a fugitive from justice, was extradited to Virginia and has since been in custody. He was originally suspended without pay by the Carroll County Board of Education and, on Sept. 25, the school board voted to terminate him.

“We learned of these new charges against Ken Fischer from news reports yesterday. While we have been cooperating with law enforcement, we have not been asked to provide any additional information to the investigators since September 2017,” CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said in an emailed statement Friday.

“We are saddened and disappointed to learn of these allegations and that one of our employees betrayed the trust that we placed in him. We will continue to take every possible measure to ensure that our students are in an environment that is safe and secure.”

In February, Fischer was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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