PSYCHIATRIST GETS 40 YEARS FOR SEX ABUSE
Charles Fischer, former Austin State Hospital psychiatrist, was convicted of four counts of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
He got away with repeated sexual abuse for two decades, even after accusations of molestation. Then CCHR Texas got on the case.
In 2011, Fischer is accused of sexual abuse but remains on for five months despite investigations. The Austin American-Statesman newspaper breaks the story after a tipoff from a CCHR ally, forcing the hospital to fire him.
While the ED CCHR Texas testifies before a legislative committee, CCHR Texas staff conduct criminal background checks on all state hospital psychiatrists, sharing several with the media, including one who previously pleaded no contest to felony indecency with a child (and was hired by Austin State Hospital anyway) and two more state psychiatrists with disciplinary histories of sexual abuse.
May 2012, Fischer is charged with sexually abusing five boys.
In 2013, while out on bail, he is caught engaging in sex with a man in a public park. CCHR tips off the Statesman, who breaks the resulting story that Fischer’s bond has been revoked.
In 2016, with glaring media attention, Fischer is found guilty and sentenced. Thanks to action taken by CCHR and its partners, no longer will this psychiatrist perpetrate his perverted crimes on innocent children.
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MEDICAL DOCTOR “I’m on the same team because I think the same way and I see the same injustice of psychiatry with my patients.”
INFANT AND TODDLER SPECIALIST “By educating the public, they will start understanding that there are choices other than just being drugged. CCHR should continue to educate the public and this information will help them to make better choices. They’ll be more knowledgeable and they’ll understand that CCHR is there to save lives.”
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