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Fisher Case Closed, But Police Call For Any Other Victims To Contact Them

Springfield School District

Springfield Police say a sexual abuse case involving the late principal of the Academy of Arts and Academics and a now-former student is closed.

Records show Mike Fisher groomed and manipulated a then 14-year-old girl beginning in 2006. Rumors and accounts of inappropriate behavior followed the pair for years, and Fisher was put on administrative leave in late January following a police inquiry.  He committed suicide the next day.

Lieutenant Scott McKee says with Mike Fisher dead, there’s no chance for prosecution.

“But we’re reserving the option to be able to reopen that investigation if we get additional information," he says.  "We want to make sure that we do our best to represent and take care of this victim because I feel like had we acted at the time, we could have maybe saved this woman the years of abuse she ended up enduring.”

McKee says if anyone else feels they’ve been victimized or abused by the late Mike Fisher, to contact Springfield Police.  The lead investigator is SPD Detective George Crolly at (541)726-3714.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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