Police in Virginia say they have become aware of other possible victims of a Carroll County Public Schools teacher who was arrested Wednesday after soliciting a detective posing online as a teenage boy.Kenneth Brian Fischer, 39, of the 800 block of Amherst Lane in Westminster, is facing charges in Virginia on four counts of solicitation of a minor in connection with an online chat investigation that began Aug.
Fischer initiated a conversation with the detective and, soon after, solicited for sexual contact with the detective, who he believed to be a juvenile, according to the release.
Fischer also sent sexually explicit images, presumably of himself, to the detective, according to the release.
We can promise you that as soon as law enforcement allows us to release information, we will share it with you.“We encourage you to take the time to talk to your children. If you have any information relative to this case, please contact Corporal Roger Schwarb from the Maryland State Police at 410-953-8271.
As always, the safety and well-being of our students is our number one concern.”Despite the emails, which came late morning or early afternoon, some parents say they weren’t notified soon enough.
He is currently being held without bond after being charged as a fugitive from justice, according to electronic court records. Smith III, of Westminster, said his client waived extradition and Virginia authorities have been given a deadline of seven days to pick up Fischer.
Fischer was arrested solely on the arrest warrant from Virginia, according to state police.Fischer, who most recently taught at West Middle School and is a former Carroll County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, has been suspended by the school system without pay since his arrest.Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jon O’Neal said no current student or staff member had come to the administration with complaints about Fischer.At this time, Fischer is not being charged with any violations of Maryland criminal law.Smith said any comments regarding the case would come within the confines of the courtroom, but he did say he was “disappointed” at some statements attributed to law enforcement.“Although we understand the concern of the citizens for any children, we are nonetheless disappointed that the police have apparently chosen to litigate this in the press,” Smith told the Thursday morning. Fischer has been suspended without pay pending a recommendation of termination to the Board of Education. A personnel termination request is brought to the school board with a brief description of the incident and the superintendent’s recommendation, Rothschild said, and then the BOE votes on whether it will uphold the recommendation.“We are cooperating as fully as we can with law enforcement,” she said.Kenneth Fischer, was arrested yesterday on four counts related to child sex offenses.