by Cassandra R. Elias
A ten-year-old girl's quick thinking helped convict a family friend the second time he was in the act of molesting her.
John Fisher, 46, was unaware that the girl had photographed him with her Nintendo hand-held console while he was groping her. She used the picture as proof that he had definitively molested her.
Fisher had abused the girl once a year before and although she told her mother, nothing was done.
Prosecutor Robert Sadd said the little girl was playing on her Nintendo DSi when Fisher came up to her and molested her. She had the "presence of mind" to photograph him with the game console which was still in her hands. She then showed the picture to her mother who called the police.
Fisher, who's a married father and grandfather, denied the assault but when the police confronted him with the photo, admitted the assault and his attraction to young girls. He also admitted two other prior assaults.
In addition to being put on the sex offenders registry indefinitely and is restricted from being with anyone under 16 for 10 years, he is now serving a three and a half year prison sentence.
The brave little girl was praised for her courage by Detective Annabelle Bunn who said, "Her quick thinking in using her games console to take a photograph of him touching her provided indisputable proof of what had happened and she was brave enough to come forward and report the incident and give us a full and accurate account of what had gone on."
When serious allegations are made by a child about close family or friends, people may find it difficult to comprehend what has gone on or think they don't have the proof, but all concerns should be reported automatically to the authorities.
This is certainly a parent's worst nightmare. How early do you start talking to your children about protecting themselves? What steps have you put into place?