Conservative Group Slammed For Hiring Registered Abuser

“Moms for Liberty,” a conservative group advocating for parental rights on a national scale, has recently come under scrutiny for its association with a registered sex offender during a community outreach program in Philadelphia.

Phillip Fisher Jr., a clergyman and Republican local leader who spearheaded religious outreach for a Philadelphia-based Moms for Liberty branch, is a registered sex offender in Illinois. Fisher moved back to his hometown, Philadelphia, where he was charged and convicted in 2012 for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.

Fisher, who was 25 at the time, pleaded guilty to the charge involving a 14-year-old boy. The case was one of 12 charges against Fisher following an investigation by the Chicago Police Department. Despite his conviction, Fisher has maintained his innocence, claiming he was a victim of political retaliation by a political action committee for Lyndon LaRouche. Fisher alleges the charges retaliated for his decision to leave the group.

In a statement to Newsweek, Moms for Liberty founders Tina Descovich and Tiffany Justice said, “We do not condone the actions of anyone who hurts children—ever.”

Fisher, a well-known pastor in Philadelphia, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he had played a key role in linking the Moms for Liberty Philadelphia branch with religious entities.

Moms for Liberty, originating in Florida in early 2021, emerged out of frustration with school COVID-19 policies, such as mask mandates. The group has since championed parental rights, gaining notoriety for opposing critical race theory in public schools and advocating for the removal of books with LGBTQ+ themes from school libraries.

Despite aiming to secure 270 school board elections in the recent cycle, the group experienced significant losses in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, and Kansas. However, the group remains steadfast in its belief that they have “helped to get 50 more school board members elected that respect parental rights and who will fight to get back to the basics in America’s public schools.”

Sheila Armstrong, chair of the local Moms for Liberty branch, confirmed Fisher’s involvement in community outreach and expressed her concerns about children’s participation in these events.
The state Department of Human Services (DHS) explained that not all criminal convictions involving minors are classified as child abuse under state law and thus would not appear in the state’s database for child abuse offenders.

Fisher, who was indicted on 12 felony counts of sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in January 2011, pleaded guilty on one count after he waived his right to a jury trial. He was handed a three-year prison sentence. He described the situation as a “railroad job.”