A convicted child rapist from Trumbull County will spend at least another ten years in prison.

The Ohio Adult Parole Authority told the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office Monday that 73-year-old William W. Fisher was denied parole after being interviewed by board members in August.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins sent letters to the parole board in July 2023 and September 2013 opposing Fisher's potential release.

Watkins called Fisher a repeat sex predator and child rapist, noting that Fisher had raped different children over three decades - the 70s, 80s and 90s.

"The only reason he has not raped another child is because he has been locked up for nearly the past 30 years," Watkins said in a letter to the parole board. "This man belongs in the Sex Offender Hall of Shame."

Fisher has 12 felony convictions on his criminal record, 10 of which are sex offenses.

According to the prosecutor's office, his first prison sentence was six months to five years in October 1979 for a gross sexual imposition conviction. He was given three 10-25 year prison sentences and a life sentence in 1987 for a conviction on four counts of rape.

Fisher fled Ohio after the 1987 conviction and assumed a new identity, returning to Warren in the 1990s under the name James Watters. He was given four life sentences for rape convictions in 1995.

His next parole hearing will be in June 2033.