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Psychiatrist charged with public lewdness

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An Austin doctor, who's already awaiting trial on a child sex abuse case, is in trouble with the law again. This time police say the crime happened in a neighborhood park.

Except for a picnic table there is not much to Rollingwood Park. Located between the entrance to an upscale neighborhood and the Austin skyline it doesn't seem like an ideal place for a sexual encounter. But APD Lt. Justin Newsom says that is exactly what a patrol officer claims two men were up to Tuesday afternoon.

"It was very graphic not the kind of thing you would want to be out with your kids and wife on a hike one day and happen upon," said Newsom.

Dr. Charles Fischer is charged with public lewdness, a misdemeanor crime. He bonded since out.

Fischer was indicted on multiple counts of sex abuse in July. The charges involve patients at the Austin State Hospital that Fischer treated as a senior psychiatrist. Some of his alleged victims were children, despite that Fischer was out on bail while awaiting trial.

His latest arrest, at Rollingwood Park is a red flag for police.

"What has he been doing, hopefully he has not had any access to any children, in that time frame, but you juts don't know if he has befriended teenagers or other individuals, even adults who are vulnerable based on their mental conditions," Newsom said.

Dr. Fischer is the second person arrested this month at an Austin park for lewd behavior. It is a reoccurring problem that Austin police just can't seem to stop.

Last year, year about a dozen arrests were made. Undercover sting operations take place about twice a month. Three main problem spots are targeted according to Sgt. Craig Fox who supervises some of the patrols.

"ah Bull Creek, Rollingwood Park and Walnut Creek Park," he said.

With another 200 parks that must be patrolled the problem is simple math-there's not enough manpower to cover each location.

"I think our greatest asset would be the park goers themselves, when they see that activity to call 911 and report it," said Fox.

As for Dr. Fischer, a motion was filed to revoke his bond. Judge Karen Sage is expected to consider the motion to revoke bond Friday. Dr. Fischer is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trail hearing involving the state hospital case early next month.

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