20 Months in Prison to former VPD Detective Constable Jim Fisher for Committing Sexual Exploitation and Breach of Trust

Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

[VANCOUVER, B.C.] Today, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Surrey Provincial Court, Judge Hamilton sentenced former VPD Detective Constable Jim Fisher to 20 months in prison.

Background:

On December 28th, 2016, 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. Later on, he was charged with an additional two counts of sexual assault and another count of breach of trust by a public officer.

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

On June 29, 2018, at the sentencing hearing, the court heard that Fisher met his victims while investigating pimps Michael Bannon and Reza Moazami as a member of the Counter Exploitation Unit. The vulnerable young women expressed in their victim impact statements how Fisher’s actions deeply impacted them.

Sophia Hladik, Spokeswoman for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter: “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 victims who dared to come forward and demand justice”

“We must note” Hladik added, “that all in all, the VPD is handling sexual exploitation very poorly. Even though we have a law that criminalize men who buy and exploit women in prostitution, the VPD is refusing to arrest sex buyers.”

Read the Reasons for Sentence here.

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Media contact: Hilla Kerner, 604-872-8212, hillak[at]rapereliefshelter.bc.ca