Couple Charged with Sexual Abuse Crimes

Couple Charged with Sexual Abuse Crimes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A West Bountiful couple is facing charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of two underage girls, officials said.

Christopher M. Fisher, 34, has been charged with forcible sexual abuse, kidnapping and attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

His wife, Christiana Mellor Fisher, 28, was charged with two counts of attempted sexual battery.

The couple was arrested Wednesday after the mother and school counselor of one of the teenagers reported the incident to authorities, officials said.

The alleged assault occurred in a mobile-home park in February and again in March, said West Bountiful Police Chief Mike Wright.

According to Wright, Christopher Fisher invited one of the unidentified girls to decorate his mobile home for his wife's birthday. When the teen arrived, Fisher allegedly fondled her and pulled her onto his lap.

"He then told her, 'My wife is really sick and she said it's OK for me to have sex with you,"' Wright said.

A month later, Christiana Fisher allegedly fondled and propositioned a 16-year-old friend of the girl, Wright said.

Christopher Fisher has an extensive criminal record, including aggravated assault, robberies, forgery, theft and domestic violence, Wright said.

Before the Fishers moved to the mobile-home park, they lived in the same Woods Cross apartment complex as the girls, Wright said.

The couple was released Saturday from Davis County Jail after posting $10,000 and $5,550 bail, respectively, jail officials said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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