Charges add up in man’s sentence

EBENSBURG – A Patton man convicted in September of drug and sexual assault related charges is to be sentenced Tuesday by President Judge Timothy Creany.

Steven Charles Fisher, 42, of 314 Ashcroft Road, pleaded guilty Sept. 26 to charges related to a purported methamphetamine lab, which state police at Ebensburg uncovered in his home in February 2012 after his wife contacted them to report a rape.

Fisher’s wife told police Fisher contacted her on Feb. 7, 2012, about a protection-from-abuse order she had filed against him. She said he told her if she refused to speak with him, he would kill the couple’s then-13-year-old son, police said.

According to police, Fisher forced his wife, son and then-12-year-old daughter to stay overnight at his house, telling his wife he would “kill the entire family” if she did not remove the PFA or if he was sent to jail.

The woman told police she was “absolutely terrified” of the threats, and that Fisher was screaming and throwing knives into the walls of the house that day. Police said the alleged sexual assault took place, about 1 a.m.

Trooper John Matchik told the Mirror when they went to Fisher’s house to respond to the rape allegation, they found “chemicals and other materials generally used in a methamphetamine operation.”

Fisher was no stranger to police before the February incidents: He also had been arrested in December 2011 for trespassing on Cambria Heights School District property.

According to police reports, a teacher reported a suspicious male sitting in a car outside of the school, causing the middle and high school buildings to be locked down as a precautionary measure until he was arrested.

Police said the car Fisher was hiding in was his wife’s. She had been at the school to inform them of a PFA against him.

Under the four different cases stemming from the school harassment, sexual assault and meth lab incidents, Fisher was facing more than a dozen charges total, including multiple felonies.

Fisher pleaded guilty at the Cambria County Courthouse to several of the charges against him, including felony charges of possessing red phosphorous with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, manufacturing, delivering or possessing a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver and depositing or storing chemical waste.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault, making terroristic threats and unlawful restraint.

Fisher is currently housed in the Cambria County Prison.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.