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Ex-Compton school board member sentenced to 6 years in prison in sexual assault case

Ex-Compton school board member sentenced to 6 years in prison in sexual assault case
Skyy De'Anthony Fisher appears in a San Diego courtroom in 2014 with his attorney, Maryetta Marks. (David Brooks / San Diego Union-Tribune)

A former Compton school board member who committed an unwanted sex act on a sleeping man in a San Diego hotel room was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

Skyy De'Anthony Fisher, 33, was convicted of the crime in late January.

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San Diego Superior Court Judge Runston Maino rejected Fisher's motion for a new trial and sentenced him to the middle term available under state law.

"I can't grant probation in this type of case," Maino said, after hearing arguments from the attorneys. "I think the victim was [particularly] vulnerable. He was sleeping. He had been drinking.

"The emotional injury on this victim, I think, has been profound," the judge added.

According to testimony, Fisher and the victim had known each other about a year before they made the trip in 2014 from Los Angeles County to San Diego. Fisher was described as a mentor to the younger man, who was a college student at the time.

In San Diego, they went to bars with friends in the Gaslamp Quarter before returning to a hotel early the morning of April 5, 2014. The two men shared a room at the Keating Hotel on F Street, but had separate beds.

The victim testified that he woke up in bed about 7:30 a.m. and found Fisher performing oral sex on him. Before the man could say anything, Fisher jumped back onto the other bed and pretended to be asleep.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Lisa Fox argued that prison was appropriate, given the effect Fisher's actions had on a young man who had trusted him.

Deputy Public Defender Luis Guerrero argued that sending Fisher to prison would accomplish little. The attorney stated that Fisher had already lost his political career and had been in jail since Jan. 28.

Upon his release, Fisher will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Littlefield writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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