Posted: Jun 11, 2010 9:52 PM by Monica Quintero
Updated: Jun 11, 2010 9:50 PM
A four-time convicted sex offender was in a Santa Maria courtroom to find out if he would be paroled back in the community or sent to a state psychiatric hospital as a "sexually violent predator."
On Friday, 56-year-old John Everett Fisher was arraigned on a petition that alleges he qualifies as a "sexually violent predator."
The D.A. says Fisher qualifies for this because of his criminal history and also says two doctors diagnosed him as being a sexual sadist.
The D.A. believes Fisher is a threat to our community. John MacKinnon, Senior Deputy District Attorney, said, "He would more than likely once again go back out and essentially start looking for the same target individual children that he has in the past."
But his public defender argues, not everyone that has a history will re-offend. Jim Voysey, Assistant Public Defender, said, "Mr. Fisher is someone we have to take a very strong and hard look at to see if he falls into that category or not. Very likely, he doesn't."
KSBY News found out Fisher had a lengthy criminal history of committing sex crimes. In fact, he's been convicted of sexual offenses with seven young victims.
It started in 1992 in Santa Maria with four victims between 14 and 15-years-old. Then, in 2000 another conviction in Santa Maria. Later that year, Fisher was arrested in Los Angeles and after that spent 16 months in state prison. In 2004, he was arrested again in Santa Maria. This time, a 15-year-old victim. Voysey said, "All of this is a political outcry because of the sexually violent offenses that some people have committed and that cloak gets draped on everybody that comes through this prison system that has a history."
As for what's next, Fisher will receive a full hearing in Santa Maria Superior Court on Monday. In the meantime, he's behind bars at the Santa Barbara County jail.
For the 2004 conviction, Fisher had been sentenced to 12 years in prison but was due to be paroled after serving six years of his sentence.
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