A Strasburg man was recently sentenced for harassing a woman 40 years younger than him, bringing flowers and inviting her to be his bride.
A local jury convicted 59-year-old Stephen S. Fisher in August of harassment and defiant trespass regarding behavior from Christmas Eve 2014 to mid-January 2015.
Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro sentenced Fisher to a year on parole, followed by a year of probation, and forbid him from having contact with the woman or visit her place of employment.
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Fisher also was ordered to undergo mental-health treatment. He had served 14 days in prison on the charges, according to Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson, lead prosecutor.
At sentencing, Fisher recited a story of Apostles catching fish before wiggling his finger at the judge, according to Anderson.
The behavior started with Fisher repeatedly visiting a Strasburg store where the woman worked. He told her he would bless her with six daughters, hoped to bring her flowers – which he eventually did - and that he loved her.
Strasburg police served Fisher with a no-trespass order, which Fisher broke. He went back to the store with flowers and repeatedly called the woman’s home.
Fisher told police he wanted “a young girl to be his wife,” police reported.
At trial, Fisher was found not guilty of felony stalking.
Strasburg police Officer Jerald Drane filed charges.
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