Ex-state doctor Fischer gets 40 years in prison in sex abuse case


1:35 p.m.

Fischer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

11:15 a.m. Prosecutors are asking a Travis County jury to give Charles Fischer the maximum sentence on each of his 11 felony convictions.

“It’s right and appropriate and absolutely necessary,” prosecutor Monica Flores said during closing arguments Thursday.

On Wednesday, Fischer was convicted of 13 felony counts, including four counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years. Two counts have been subsumed by another count.

Flores told the jury, “This is not something you’re doing to him. He did this to himself.”

Defense attorney Gerry Morris asked the jury to consider probation for some of the charges so that the 64-year-old won’t spend the rest of his life in prison.

“His desires are going to diminish,” Morris said. “People in their 70s and 80s don’t do those sort of things.”

Another prosecutor, Mary Farrington, disagreed, noting that four years ago, when Fischer was 60, he was arrested and charged with public lewdness after police saw him engaging in oral sex with another man in a public area in the middle of the day. She said he gets satisfaction by taking risks.

10:15 a.m. After finding former state psychiatrist Charles Fischer guilty of 13 felonies on Wednesday, a Travis County jury will now determine his sentence.

The jury will hear closing arguments beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Fischer was found guilty of four counts of sexual assault of a child (second degree), six counts of indecency of a child by contact (second degree) and three counts of indecency of a child by exposure (third degree). He was spared the most serious charge, aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The sentencing phase began Wednesday with testimony from APD officers who arrested Fischer on an unrelated lewdness charge in 2013. Fischer’s brother, Dr. Richard Fischer, testified that he would continue to support his brother if Fischer is released from prison or given probation.

Fischer, who had been out on bail, spent the night in jail.


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