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San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Groping 13 Women Faces Assault Trial

Deputy Richard Fischer, right, is seen in a photo posted to Sheriff Bill Gore's Twitter account in September 2016. (Credit: @SDSheriff / Twitter)

Deputy Richard Fischer, right, is seen in a photo posted to Sheriff Bill Gore's Twitter account in September 2016. (Credit: @SDSheriff / Twitter)

A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy accused of groping and fondling 13 women he encountered while on the job must stand trial on all 15 charges arising from the allegations, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein’s decision came after a roughly four-day preliminary hearing for Deputy Richard Fischer, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges — nine felonies and six misdemeanors.

Many of the charges are related to assault and battery under the color of authority.

The women, Goldstein said, “were put into a position where they could not adequately fight him off.”

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