Boy Scout Leader Charged In Rape Of 12-Year-Old

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 20:49:36-05

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department have arrested and charged an Assistant Boy Scout leader and lacrosse coach with the rape of a 12-year-old boy.

Investigators arrested 44-year-old Darrell G. Fisher Wednesday near his West Nashville home on Jocelyn Hollow Road, and have been searching for other possible victims "They can come to us in a comfortable setting, in a discrete setting knowing that we will provide whatever assistance we can whether it's prosecution assistance that's fine, whether it's counseling assistance that's fine, whether it's just to provide us information to have no further contact, that's ok too" said Metro Police Spokesman Don Aaron. 

The investigation of Fisher began last week after the victim, who is now 17, told police Fisher had been molesting him over the past several years. 

Detectives learned that Fisher first met the victim when he was 11 years old, and became a father figure to him. 

The boy regularly stayed at Fisher’s home. "The victim in this case was befriended by Mr fisher to our understanding years ago, he became somewhat of a father figure to him," said Don Aaron. 

During their relationship, Fisher began taking the victim to Boy Scout meetings.  Fisher ultimately became an assistant scout leader. 

Officers said in addition to being involved with scouting, Fisher coached boys in Lacrosse, possibly other sports, and was present with young men during World War II reenactments, one of Fisher’s hobbies.

Once the charges against Fisher surfaced, the Boy Scouts severed ties with him.

Scout Executive Larry Brown released the following statement upon learning of Fisher's arrest:  

"The behavior included in these allegations is abhorrent and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of the allegations we took immediate action to remove this individual and preclude him from any further participation in the Scouting program."
Investigators urged parents of any boys who have been coached or mentored by Fisher over the years are to speak with them and to contact the MNPD’s Sex Crimes Unit by calling them at 615-862-7540 with any concerns.

Fisher was being held on a $300,000 bond.  Officers said additional charges were expected.