PA Chief Gets Probation for Sexual Misconduct with Female Subordinates

Former Lawrence Park (PA) Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Nicholas A. Fisher has been sentenced to two years probation on two third-degree misdemeanor charges of harassment by communication.

Fisher, 33, allegedly engaged in unwanted sexual communication and inappropriate physical contact with three female firefighters. The unwanted sexual communications included repeated inquiries about the women’s sex lives, sexual comments, sexually explicit text messages, and sending "dirty'' naked pictures.

He originally sought to enter a deferral program for first time non-violent offenders, but was denied acceptance when the victims objected. Besides probation, Fisher must pay court costs.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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