No contest plea in child abuse case

A Grand Haven man faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced June 23 for third-degree child abuse.
Becky Vargo
May 20, 2014

Matthew Glenn Fisher, 33, could also be put on probation for five years.

Fisher entered a no-contest plea at a hearing Monday afternoon in Ottawa County Circuit Court. A charge of second-degree child abuse was dropped in exchange for the plea, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Frantz said.

Grand Haven police said the 3-year-old daughter of Fisher’s girlfriend suffered a broken leg in an incident that led to the charges. Court documents say Fisher caused “serious physical harm to a child by using unreasonable force on the child’s leg.”

Fisher was a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven for several years, but had left employment there a couple of years ago.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said the case was not associated with the man’s former employment at the church.



child abuser's should be hung in the town square and repeatedly beat for hurting a child

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