Former Playhouse director pleads not guilty

Case moved to Pierce County court; man released without bail

jpawloski@theolympian.comDecember 12, 2012 

Correction: Troy Fisher resigned his director’ s position at Capital Playhouse when he was charged with possession of child pornography. A story in Wednesday’ s Olympian incorrectly stated he was still on paid administrative leave.

Story:

Former Capital Playhouse interim artistic director Troy Fisher pleaded not guilty in a Pierce County courtroom Tuesday morning to 14 counts of possession of child pornography.

A judge ordered Fisher released on his own personal recognizance, meaning he did not have to post bail, his attorney, Paul Strophy, said. The judge ordered Fisher not to have contact with children as a condition of his release.

Fisher’s case is being prosecuted in Tacoma by the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at the request of the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Thurston Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim’s wife is on the Capital Playhouse board directors, and his children have been involved in Playhouse programs, so the office asked Pierce County prosecutors to handle the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The case against Fisher began in July when Fisher had been reported missing. Olympia police searched Fisher’s home computer in an effort to locate him.

Fisher was found unharmed July 25 after being reported missing several days earlier. In the meantime, police found images on Fisher’s computer that were determined to be boys between 10 and 13 years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct, court papers state.

Police later found additional images of suspected child pornography on Fisher’s work computer at the Playhouse.

Capital Playhouse, on Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia, is a nonprofit theater company that puts on musicals and other plays. It also runs programs for children and teens, including Kids at Play and Kids in Koncert. Fisher resigned from his position at the theater company when he was charged.

Strophy has said Fisher is innocent, and that there are constitutional issues raised by the Olympia Police Department’s initial warrantless search of his home computer.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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