Scheduling changes have pushed back the sentencing dates of two former Carroll countians who have pleaded guilty to federal charges in high-profile cases.
Former Carroll County Teacher of the Year Kenneth Fischer was originally set to be sentenced Monday and former Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler was to be sentenced next month, with hearings take place in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, but both have been delayed.
Fischer, the former Carroll County Public Schools principal and teacher, pleaded guilty to producing child pornography on Dec. 18. On that day, the judge scheduled Fischer’s sentencing hearing for May 20.
But sentencing is now scheduled to take place June 20 at 3 p.m before Judge Richard D. Bennett, exactly a month past the previous date.
Under the plea agreement, he will be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years, with a maximum sentence of 25 years. He will be required to register as a sex offender. Fischer remains in custody awaiting the sentencing.
Bennett signed the order for the rescheduling on March 12, according to electronic court records.
Fischer’s attorney, Michael Montemarano, had not responded to a call for comment as of 3 p.m. Monday.
Fischer pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of producing child pornography, stemming from November 2014.
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.
William Tyler, the former chief of the Taneytown Police Department, was previously scheduled to be sentenced in June.
According to electronic court records, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander signed an order on May 9 to push back the sentencing to Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. The defense counsel made the request.
Tyler’s attorney Robert Biddle had not returned a call for comment as of 3 p.m. Monday.
Tyler pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful transfer and possession of a machine gun. He entered his plea before Hollander on Feb. 12.
The former police chief is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. He was released on his own recognizance awaiting sentencing and reports regularly for pretrial supervision.
Tyler illegally possessed and transferred two .223 caliber, Ruger KAC556 model machine guns. The firearms were purchased for the Taneytown Police Department, and Tyler transferred them to the possession of himself and another Taneytown police officer who has not been charged.
Tyler did not attempt to report the transfers of machine guns or his possession of the machine gun to the National Firearms Act Branch, according to a statement of facts read at the plea hearing.
Federal agents located one of the firearms at his residence during a search and seizure. Tyler initially lied to federal agents and told them he had never fired the machine gun found at his residence and that he didn’t know it was an automatic rifle, according to the statement of facts, which was prepared by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.