For release on May 8, 2020
Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Unit
South Bay Dive Coach Charged with Child Molestation
A South Bay scuba diving instructor has been charged with sexually molesting a 13-year-old during seven months of private lessons.
Bruce Fischer, 62, of Newark, is facing 22 felony counts of child molestation.
Fischer was an instructor for both group and private lessons at a San Jose State University pool and other locations. He is not a college employee.
The instructor was arraigned on March 17. He is being held without bail. He has not made a plea. If convicted, he faces life in prison. His next court date is June 30, 2020.
Law enforcement is reaching out to anyone who may be a victim to come forward. Anyone who has information related to this investigation can contact San Jose State University Police Department at (408) 924-2222.
“Anytime there is a defendant who criminally abuses his or her position of trust and authority over minors, we need to determine if there are additional victims who have not yet come forward,” prosecutor Marina Mankaryous said. “We are here to listen and to make sure anyone who abuses young people is held fully accountable.”
For years, Fischer has worked as a private dive instructor, with some of the lessons held at SJSU’s Spartan Complex through a San Jose company called Any Water Sports. He also taught underwater photography. In January 2019, Fischer began molesting the young girl after her dive lessons, both at the university pool and in Monterey County. The instructor was arrested on March 12, 2020.