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Former Bel Air resident sentenced for child porn possession

A former Bel Air resident was sentenced last week to five years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to a federal charge of distributing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Lori Fisher, 46, during a June 11 hearing in Baltimore Federal District Court. Upon her release from prison, Fisher will be required register as a sex offender in the place where she lives, where she is an employee and where she is a student, under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a news release.

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Fisher, who more recently lived in St. Cloud, Fla., and her ex-husband, David Ralph Fisher, 43, of Baltimore, were investigated for producing and possessing child pornography, activities that dated back to 2008, according to their plea agreements. David Fisher, who entered guilty pleas to child pornography and other charges, was sentenced in April to 24 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release for producing child pornography and attempting to entice a minor to engage in sex.

According to her plea agreement and court documents, at the request of her then-husband, Lori Fisher took approximately 50 photos, a number of which were sexually explicit, of two minor females on at least two occasions between August and December 2008.

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Lori Fisher took the photos with her cell phone and texted the images to David Fisher, and according to the statement of facts in both Fishers' plea agreements, did so "due to David Fisher's repeated requests."

According to the statement of facts, the two minor females "were in the care, custody and control of David Fisher and Lori Fisher." The agreements don't say, however, where the couple was living in 2008 when the pornographic photographs were taken. Both agreements state, however, that each Fisher had formerly lived in Bel Air. The Fishers have subsequently divorced, the U.S. Attorney's Office said, with the divorce becoming final in April 2010.

On Nov. 4, 2012, the Baltimore Police Department received information that images and videos of child pornography were seen on David Fisher's external hard drive at his residence on St. Helena Avenue in the city. A search warrant was executed at David Fisher's home on Nov. 20, 2012.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, computers, cell phones and other items were seized. The sexually explicit images of the victims were found on the computer and cell phone. In all, more than 2,200 images and 100 videos of minors engaged in sex, including prepubescent minors, were recovered. A police spokesman said at the time that some of the images showed adults having sex with children as young as 2 years old.

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According to the plea agreement statement of facts, investigators interviewed David Fisher, who waived his rights, and told them he had collected the pornography and that "his interest in kids is more of a fetish and he 'was just seeing if he could trade with people.'"

According to the statement of facts, David Fisher stated he had been looking at child pornography "probably" since he was a teenager, and claimed he had images that he changed the titles on to reflect the names of the two children in his custody, but the images were not them and that he had found the images on other websites and wanted to trade them for others.

Lori Fisher was interviewed in February 2013 in Florida, according to the plea agreement, where she told investigators about taking the photographs of the two minor females and sending them to David Fisher via text message.

Both girls were also interviewed and, according to the statement of facts, said they had been sexually abused by David Fisher on occasions when Lori Fisher was not in the home. The abuse ended when the girls went to visit their biological father out of state in December 2008 and both refused to return to Maryland to live with the Fishers, according to the statement of facts.

On March 14, 2013, an undercover police detective contacted David Fisher on Facebook posing as a 14 year-old-female, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. David Fisher subsequently communicated with the undercover detective through Facebook and email, often using a computer at a public library because his home computer was seized during the search of his residence in November 2012.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, David Fisher gave the undercover detective his cell phone number and proposed meeting to engage in sex.  A meeting was arranged for April 11, 2013. David Fisher was arrested when he arrived at the meeting.

At the time of the David Fisher's arrest, Baltimore Police said detectives said investigators believed they had identified some of the victims in the images on his computer and were asking the public's help in identifying others.

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