Convicted sex offender back in jail

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man serving jail time for a sex crime now faces new sexual assault charges amid allegations he abused a young boy, according to court documents.

Kevin Fisher, 44, faces 22 felony charges related to child sexual abuse, including child molesting, vicarious sexual gratification and performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.

A boy told police Fisher held him down and forced him to participate in sexual activities, court documents state. The boy said the assaults occurred several times when he was left alone with Fisher.

The allegations surfaced while Fisher was serving a four-year sentence in work release at Hancock County Community Corrections after pleading guilty to child solicitation and vicarious sexual gratification in 2013. He was required to register as a sex offender after his conviction.

The new allegations date to before Fisher’s arrest in that original case, court records state.

Fisher was transferred back into the Hancock County Jail this week as the new charges were filed. He pleaded not guilty to all counts in Hancock County Superior Court 1 and remained in jail on $20,000 cash bond at press time.

The victim suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the abuse, and he regularly seeks help from counselors and psychiatrists, court documents state.

Fisher’s last case dates to 2012, when he was charged with eight felonies after he started a romantic relationship with a teenage girl, and police found naked pictures of the teen on Fisher’s cellphone. The girl told police her relationship with Fisher was consensual, but she was too young to consent under state law.

In that case, Fisher pleaded guilty to a Class C felony of child solicitation and a Class D felony of vicarious sexual gratification. He was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Indiana Department of Correction, but court records show the sentence was modified in 2014 to be a four-year sentence to the local community corrections program.

Police met Fisher at the facility in November to discuss the new allegations after the Department of Child Services received a tip that a young boy had been abused, court documents state. Police questioned Fisher, who denied having abused the boy.

Fisher returns to court for a pre-trial hearing in March.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.