Police: Johnstown detective admits to sexual relationship with informant, obstruction

A Johnstown detective was arraigned on charges of obstruction and hindering apprehension, according to court documents. (FILE PHOTO: WJAC)

A Johnstown detective was arraigned on charges of obstruction and hindering apprehension after admitting to authorities that he had a sexual relationship with his confidential informant, according to police.

Court documents show Detective Daniel J. Fisher Jr., 44, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on a total of three charges.

Johnstown police Chief Bob Johnson said in a statement that his department received information in March regarding potential misconduct by Fisher.

Johnson said once the case was referred to the State Attorney General's Office, Fisher was reassigned to the Patrol Unit from the Detective Bureau and was removed from the Cambria County Drug Task Force.

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation began with the alleged relationship between Fisher and his informant in July 2017.

The complaint states that Fisher had stopped the arrest of the informant in July 2017 and also had charges lessened for her in two DUI cases the following year.

In February 2018, Fisher allegedly told Assistant District Attorney Erin Dominick that the informant had provided key information on drugs, guns and details on missing men who were later found murdered in Somerset County, according to the complaint.

Dominick told investigators the charges against the informant were reduced only because of the information provided by Fisher.

Investigators later discovered that Fisher's informant only participated in one undercover purchase of drugs. She never provided any information on other drugs, guns or details relating to homicide investigations, the complaint states.

On Aug. 8, Fisher was interviewed at police headquarters, where he initially denied any sexual relationship with the informant. According to the compliant, Fisher admitted to investigators that the informant never provided details on guns, homicide cases or drugs other than the only undercover purchase.

After further questioning, Fisher told investigators he and the informant were engaging in a sexual relationship that began prior to July 2017 and while she worked as his informant, according to the complaint.

The complaint also states Fisher later admitted to lying to Dominick about information provided by the informant while she was still working with Fisher and to the Johnstown Police Department about their relationship.

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Since his arraignment Tuesday, Fisher has been placed on paid administrative leave, according toJohnson.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23, according to court documents.

“Dan has cooperated with respect to the investigation. He presented himself at district court this morning and entered pleas of not guilty to all of the charges," said his attorney Art McQuillan.

This is not the first time Fisher has been arrested and charged in Cambria County. Court documents from July 2018 show he was arrested on several charges including driving under the influence, careless driving and speeding.

According to the county, those charges were waived for court.

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