Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 18, 2016
Maryland Man Charged In Alleged Sexting Case
PHILADELPHIA – Ralph Fisher, 38, of Elkton, Maryland, was charged by indictment, filed on March 15, 2016, with attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct, attempting to transfer obscene material to minors, and other charges. The case was announced today by United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.
According to the indictment, between June 15, 2015 and July 20, 2015, Fisher engaged in sexually explicit chats over the Internet with “Minor #1,” a person Fisher believed to be a 15-year old boy. Fisher allegedly attempted to engage “Minor #1” in sexual conduct and sent pornographic pictures of himself to “Minor #1.” It is further alleged that on July 20, 2016, Fisher traveled to Delaware County, Pennsylvania, to have sex with “Minor #1” but was, instead, arrested by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division. Fisher is also charged with distributing child pornography to others over the Internet, and possessing child pornography on his cell phone.
If convicted of all charges, Fisher faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison with a statutory maximum sentenced of life in prison, a possible fine, supervised release, and a $500 special assessment.
This case was investigated by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Alan Borowsky.