Longtime Capital Playhouse worker facing child porn charges

Longtime Capital Playhouse worker facing child porn charges »Play Video
TACOMA, Wash. -- Prosecutors have charged a long-time employee of the Capital Playhouse in Olympia with possession of child pornography.

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

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 found 151 child porn images involving boys and girls, aged 10 and 14, engaging in sexual act with adults and with each other.

Fisher himself called 911 two days later and said he'd just woken up under a bush, and could not recall the last 48 hours. The 52-year-old man, who was wearing pajamas and no shoes, was dehydrated and disoriented.

He told investigators the last thing he remembered was going to his car to listen to music two days prior. He had wanted to avoid waking his niece and nephew, who were staying with him, he said.

When asked about what police had found, Fisher admitted he had pornography on his computer, but said any child porn found in his possession had been obtained unintentionally.

However, a forensic analysis of his computer showed it had been used to access 17 porn sites, nine of which are being actively investigated for child porn, according to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

A search of Fisher's two work computers turned up 23 pornographic images, three of which involved minors.

There are no indications that Fisher or any of the children at the theater are featured on the pornographic images.

"All these images appear to be downloaded from the internet, rather than being from actual children he knew," said Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Late Tuesday, the playhouse board announced that Fisher voluntarily resigned in order to focus on his defense of the charges.

"Working on his defense is all consuming for him and could be detraction to the playhouse and he really didn't want that," said Mike Oshiki with the Capital Playhouse.

That defense will center on that other people had access to Fisher's home and work computers, and police didn't have a warrant when they first discovered the sexually explicit images, said Fisher's attorney Paul Strophy.

"I expect that's going to be a key issue in the case here -- that there was an unlawful seizure and search of the computer to begin with," Strophy said.

Fisher has been released from custody but is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 11.