Accused child molester denies allegations, declares innocence


by Renee Murphy

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 7:29 PM

(WHAS11) -- A Charlestown, Indiana woman accused of child molestation said she was camping when she escaped house arrest. Juanita Fisher is also declaring her innocence and said she never harmed any children.

Fisher was in court Monday on new escape charges and could be facing additional charges down the road. WHAS11 had the chance to speak to her as she left court.

When asked Fisher about the charges against her she said she was falsely accused and that she is innocent.

Fisher tells WHAS11 News that she was camping by herself. She also says the allegations that she stole her roommate's debit card are untrue.

When asked why she decided to turn herself in she said, "It would be easier on me."

Fisher was staying at a home in Charlestown Indiana last week when she disappeared. Her roommate said she cut off her home incarceration bracelet with his knife, took off with his debit card and fled.

She was supposed to appear in court Friday to be sentenced for child molestation.

“This is a most heinous crime a community can deal with. The molestation of the children. It’s something we will pursue with every fiber of our being in the prosecutors office,” Linda Lamping, Clark County Prosecutor said.

Fisher was to be sentenced under a plea deal but the deal is now off the table and Fisher could be facing a lifetime in prison.

“Those total sentences could go beyond the life of a normal person,” Lamping said.

Fisher turned herself in overnight. The case is now set for trial in March. Fisher’s bond was set at $150,000.