Fairfax police online sting nabs Maryland man

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A Maryland middle school teacher is under arrest, accused of soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

Kenneth Brian Fischer, 39, of Westminster, Maryland is facing four counts of Solicitation of a Minor in connection with an online chat investigation that began on August 31 by Fairfax County detectives. According to police, a detective posing as a 14-year-old boy was contacted by a stranger through a geo-social cell phone app. That suspect, police say, started a chat with the “boy” and asked for sex. He also sent sexually explicit images, presumably of himself, to the detective.

Fisher was arrested at his home early Wednesday morning. Detectives say they found various electronic and digital data storage devices in the home which they’ll be analyzing.

Fischer is a teacher at Westminster West Middle School, according to detectives, and was formerly a teacher or an administrator at multiple other schools in Carroll County, including North Carroll High School, Winters Mill High School, Francis Scott Key High School, Manchester Valley High School, Sykesville Middle School and Mt. Airy Middle School.

Fairfax County police think that Fischer may have contacted youngsters in Northern Virginia and Maryland in the past. They’re asking for parents to talk to their children and report any suspicious contact with him.

Fischer is in custody in Maryland, pending an extradition hearing.

 

 

 

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