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Judge tosses child porn charges against former theater worker

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Troy A. Fisher
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A judge on Monday tossed out a host of child pornography charges against a former theater worker after ruling police had illegally obtained evidence in the case.

Troy Fisher, who often worked with children at the Olympia Playhouse as the theater's artistic director, was facing 14 counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexual acts.

The case began when Fisher, 52, was reported missing by family members on July 23.

While looking for clues into his whereabouts, police looked through his phone and computer. They allegedly found 151 child porn images involving boys and girls, aged 10 and 14, engaging in sexual act with adults and with each other.

Even after his arrest, several parents and their children stood by Fisher's side. Many of those supporters were in court to cheer a Thurston County judge's decision to drop the charges.

"I never doubted for a minute these charges would be dropped," one supporter said.

The judge ruled the search that turned up the images was illegal because detectives didn't have a search warrant and the evidence was actually discovered hours after Fisher was found.

Fisher claims others had access to his computer and he has no idea where the pornographic images came from. The Capitol Playhouse fired Fisher after his arrest, and he said whether or not he returns to his old job, his outlook won't change.

"I've been an advocate for young people my entire life, in the trenches helping young people realize their potential and know the joy of becoming who they can be," he said.

Fischer said he still doesn't know what happened to him during his mysterious two-day disappearance. He said he's hired a forensic expert to prove the pornographic images found on his computer didn't come from him.