A former San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who groped, hugged and tried to kiss more than a dozen women while on duty between 2015 and 2017 was sentenced Tuesday to 44 months behind bars followed by 16 months of post-release supervision.

Under his sentence, however, Richard Fischer will not have to register as a sex offender.

Fischer pleaded guilty in September to four felony counts of assault under color of authority, two misdemeanor counts of assault under color of authority, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. The charges stemmed from attacks on 16 women.

He could have faced up to five years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.

Fischer originally faced 20 felony and misdemeanor charges and was looking at potentially more than 25 years to life.

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