Skyy De’Anthony Fisher: Day of Reckoning for Compton School Board Trustee

A San Diego Superior Court jury convicted Skyy De’Anthony Fisher of sexual assault, Jan. 28. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 29. Fisher faces eight years in prison. FIle photo

UPDATE: Former Compton school trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher convicted of sexual assault; faces eight years in prison – full story HERE


Originally published Sep., 2015:

COMPTON — The long-awaited sex molestation trial of Compton School Board trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher begins in San Diego Superior Court, Sept. 21, 2015. Fisher, 31, will stand trial on a felony charge of having sex with an unconscious person. If convicted, he faces a maximum eight years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

Fisher was arrested July 23 on suspicion of having sex with a sleeping 26-year-old man while the two were sharing a motel room during a vacation break in San Diego. During a preliminary hearing, the man testified that he awoke to find Fisher performing oral sex on him.

A native of Compton and a product of its educational system, Fisher was elected to the trustee board on Nov. 8, 2011, at age 28. He was the youngest member elected to the Board of Trustees since the conclusion of state receivership and the youngest African-American elected official in Los Angeles County and Southern California.

Fisher was the focus of intense public scrutiny after news surfaced of his alleged exploits and arrest, with several protests occurring in front of his Compton home calling for his resignation from the school board.

Throughout his tenure on the board, Fisher has been a lightning rod for controversy. He once made disparaging comments about slain teenager Trayvon Martin where he mocked the young victim in a podcast labeling him a “faggot.”

Fisher has also been arrested for driving under the influence.

Local activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic HOPE, who led the protests for Fisher’s resignation, was quoted in 2014 by a local blog in reference to Fisher’s character: “[Skyy] Fisher’s behavior by a publicly elected official has been disgraceful — from his shocking comments where he mocked the murder of Trayvon Martin calling our fallen brother a ‘faggot,’ to his D.U.I. arrest. Compton residents should have recalled Fisher. Now Fisher has been arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious victim in San Diego.

“We have had enough. Fisher is a self-professed alcoholic who I believe is a sexual deviant who should not be working around our children. Therefore, our coalition of community leaders is calling upon Fisher to resign from the Compton School Board immediately.”

Fisher continues to serve as a trustee on the Compton School Board.

UPDATE: Fisher was voted off the Compton School Board in the November 3, 2015 elections – editor

Jarrette Fellows, Jr., attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and founded the Compton Herald several years after his tenure as executive editor at Wave Community Newspapers in Los Angeles.