Md. ‘Teacher of the Year’ faces up to life in prison for child sexual activity

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CARROLL CO., Md. – A former Carroll County ‘Teacher of the Year’ is facing up to life in prison after being indicted Thursday on child sex charges, officials say.

Kenneth Fischer, 39, of Westminster, Maryland, was indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Officials say Fischer used email and text messaging to try to get a minor to meet him for sex.

Police say a detective posing as a 14-year-old boy was contacted by Fischer through a cell phone application, initiating a conversation with him.

Shortly after, police say the man solicited for sexual contact with their detective, who he believed to be a juvenile. He also sent sexually explicit images, presumably of himself, to the detective.

Prosecutors say Fischer faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.

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