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Clark County

March 20, 2013

Sexual abuse case wraps up

Fisher’s fate up to Clark County jury

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

He added that she watched his children many times when he was not at home.

 

THE PROSECUTION

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Linda Lamping countered by bringing up evidence during the defense’s case that the Department of Child Services had investigated issues involving Fisher previously.

Previous testimony from the alleged victims also claimed the reported incidents took place while Fisher was alone with the children and that there were no other adults present.

“Child molesting is done when people are not around to see it,” Lamping said during her closing arguments.

She added that the inconsistencies in the timeline in the testimony of the alleged victims are not uncommon, especially for children.

Lamping noted the testimony of Twila Hartmans, a therapist specializing in sex crimes, who told the court how sexual abuse could distort a person’s ability to accurately recollect the traumatic events.

“She explained all of that,” Lamping said. “The act they remembered. What was going on during that act, they always got that [the same].”

She also pointed to a specific instruction given to the jurors by the court regarding time.

“The court instructs you that time is not of the essence in the crime of child molesting, where it is difficult for children to remember specific dates,” according to the court instructions given by Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Judge Dan Moore.

The jury entered deliberations around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Fisher faces two counts of class A felony child molestation; C felony child molestation; B felony incest; two counts of vicarious sexual gratification, both C felonies; and D felony obstruction of justice. She faces a maximum 147 years in jail.

 

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