Former Warren man convicted of rape 7 times with 5 girls eligible for parole

Staff report


Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins has asked the Ohio Parole Board to keep in prison a 64-year-old former Warren man whose rape convictions in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in four life-prison terms for four rapes, plus other time on three other rapes.

William W. Fisher Jr., who lived on Homewood Avenue in Warren when he raped his daughter and another girl in the 1980s, is eligible for a parole hearing in October.

Fisher’s case is one of the most unusual ones in county history, Watkins said, because Fisher fled Warren in the 1980s after being indicted on four rape charges and was apprehended after returning to the city in the 1990s and being charged with raping three other children in 1993.

He was convicted of all seven rapes in 1995 as well as two counts of attempted rape and other charges related to changing his identity to elude capture.

Furthermore, Fisher also sexually assaulted his daughter when she was 4 years old in the 1970s, was charged with rape but was convicted of gross sexual imposition and sent to prison for three months.

“He is a multigenerational sexual predator whose middle name should be changed to recidivist with a capital R,” Watkins wrote in a letter to the parole board. “This man deserves to die in prison.”

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