Man fresh out of prison back behind bars after failing to register as sex offender

Richard Michael Fisher

An Ocala man was jailed Thursday afternoon after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy determined that he didn’t follow through with registering as a sex offender.

The deputy spoke with 60-year-old Richard Michael Fischer, who was convicted on two counts of attempted sexual battery in Pinellas County in June 2005. As a result of that conviction, Fisher, who was released from prison on Sept. 1, is required to register as a sex offender, a sheriff’s office report states.

Fisher had come to the sheriff’s office’s records department on Sept. 3 to be fingerprinted and photographed. He was told to then report to the Sexual Offender Unit to complete his registration, which he apparently didn’t do, the report says.

A deputy followed up by checking the Department of Motor Vehicles Information Database and found that on May 14 Fisher listed his address in Clearwater. That meant that Fisher hadn’t properly registered since being released from the Department of Corrections, the report says.

When Fisher still hadn’t registered by Thursday, a deputy checked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Database and located an Ocala address of 5721 NE 4th Pl. That matched the address Fisher listed on his sexual offender registration form in August prior to being released from the Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown, the report says.

The deputy responded to residence on NE 4th Place and spoke with Fisher, who said he had gone to the sheriff’s office and registered. He said he thought he had done everything he needed to do, the report says.

Fisher was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with failure to register as a sex offender as required and failing to report a name or residence change. He was being held on $1,000 bond and is due in court Oct. 22 at 9 a.m.