FORMER MANITOWOC CHEER COACH SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 7 YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR CHILD SEX CRIMES
December 11, 2020
Alisa M. Schafer
MANITOWOC - Eric Fisher, a former cheer coach in Manitowoc, has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in state prison after attempting to have sex with a 15-year-old.
Fisher, 30, was convicted of five felony charges including using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, two charges of soliciting intimate representation from a minor and two charges of exposing a child to harmful material.
Fisher was arrested on Feb. 27, 2019, during a sting operation.
The criminal complaint states a Manitowoc Police Department School Resource Officer received information from a 15-year-old girl that Fisher was messaging her through Snapchat and asking her for nude photos and said a second girl, also 15 years old, had a similar experience with Fisher.
A detective from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office took over the second 15-year-old girl's Snapchat account and started exchanging messages with Fisher, maintaining the illusion that Fisher was conversing with the 15-year-old girl.
Throughout the investigation, Fisher sent numerous explicit photos and messages to the 15-year-old girl's account. In one message, sent Feb. 24, Fisher messaged, "Go be innocent, so I can corrupt you later."
The next day, Fisher replied to a message sent from the 15-year-old girl's account asking why he was into her. He messaged, "You're super cute, you actually care as well as appreciate me / age definitely sucks though ..."
Through the girl's account, Fisher arranged to meet at a local park but was arrested when he showed up at the meeting spot.
Fisher was originally charged with 16 felonies, but 11 were dismissed and read in for sentencing.
For the felony charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, Fisher is sentenced to spend six years in state prison, followed by five years of extended supervision.
For each of the two felony charges of soliciting intimate representations from a minor and one felony charge of exposing a child to harmful material, Fisher is sentenced to an additional 18 months in state prison, followed by 18 months of extended supervision. These sentences are to be served at the same time after Fisher completes the first sentence of six years in prison.
For the last felony charge of exposing a child to harmful material, the sentence was withheld and Fisher was given three years of probation, to occur after completing both the prison sentences and the periods of extended supervision.
Conditions of Fisher's extended supervision and probation include registering as a sex offender and complying with sex offender programming, having no contact with the victims or their residences, and having no contact with anyone younger than 18 without his agent's approval.
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