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Kenneth Brian Fischer
Kenneth Brian Fischer (Carroll County Detention Center)

The sentencing in federal court of former Carroll County Teacher of the Year Kenneth Fischer was again pushed back, this time to July 8.

A former Westminster resident and Carroll County Public Schools principal and teacher, Fischer pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to producing child pornography.

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Fischer’s sentencing hearing was first scheduled for May 20, then moved to June 20. An online court document dated June 14 indicates the sentencing will now be July 8 at 11 a.m. before Judge Richard D. Bennett in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. The document did not list a reason for the change of date.

Under the plea agreement, Fischer faces a minimum of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum of 25. He must register as a sex offender. Fischer is in custody awaiting the sentencing.

A Carroll County Public Schools teacher has been suspended without pay after being arrested in relation to child sex offenses.

According to the indictment, Fischer used social media apps to contact underage males and entice and direct them to film and photograph themselves engaging in explicit sexual conduct.

Fischer was first arrested in August 2017 after he communicated with an undercover agent posing as an underage minor and attempted to solicit sex.

Police then executed a search on his Westminster residence. Evidence from a seized cellphone revealed that Fischer had been communicating with minors since approximately November 2014 and continuing until the time of his arrest. He pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of producing child pornography, stemming from November 2014.

Fischer, the 2006 Carroll County Teacher of the Year while a science teacher at Winters Mill High School and later the principal at Manchester Valley High School, was employed by CCPS from 2000 until after his 2017 arrest.

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