Former VPD detective given 20 months in prison for sexual assault

Aug 21 2018, 8:57 pm

Earlier today, a Provincial Court Judge sentenced a former Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Detective Constable to 20 months in prison.

Back in December of 2016, Detective Constable Jim Fisher was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual assault, one count of breach of trust, and one count of attempt to obstruct justice.

He was later charged with an additional two counts of sexual assault and yet another count of breach of trust by a public officer.

On March 29, 2018, Fisher pled guilty to two counts of breach of trust and one count of sexual exploitation.

It was later explained at the sentencing hearing that Fisher “met his victims while investigating pimps Michael Bannon and Reza Moazami.”

He did so as a member of the Counter Exploitation Unit. During their victim impact statements, the young women explained how deeply impacted they were by Fisher’s actions.

Sophia Hladik, Spokeswoman for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter explains that Fisher’s “role was to build up a case for these women. Over the course of time, he forged a relationship with them and built up their trust but he ended up attacking them.”

“Fisher abused his position of power and betrayed his obligation to protected sexually exploited young women.”

“When exposed, he went to considerable lengths to try and manipulate them into lying for him. The fact that he was held accountable is a credit to the victims’ courage.”

VPD Detective Constable Jim Fisher was sentenced to 20 months in prison for committing sexual exploitation and breach of trust. He was sentenced on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, by Judge Hamilton at the Surrey Provincial Court.

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