Saul Fiszer, also known as "Abe," is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. Court documents state that Fiszer's wife reported to police that her husband had a problem with child pornography and had been seeking counseling. She told police that she discovered that Fiszer had been frequently texting and calling a 14-year-old girl in Wyoming. She said the girl referred to Fiszer as "Daddy" and that she was apologetic for her actions.
"She (Fiszer's wife) originally believed that there was some kind of extramarital affair. She was able to gain access to his phone," said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Shannon Davis.
Fiszer's wife told investigators that she contacted the girl's parents as well as police in Wyoming to report the incident. Police there confiscated the girl's cell phone.
According to court documents, Fiszer's wife confronted him about the girl and she said he admitted to her that he had been chatting online and exchanging lewd pictures with the girl. The wife also told authorities that she had previously destroyed Fiszer's old laptop after she discovered he had been chatting with other women on the internet.
Police executed a search warrant and confiscated Fiszer's current laptop as well as a thumb drive. They say they found at least three images and videos of child porn on those two items.
"The forensic preview from what is in the case here shows a number a different children and some images of him, but not him with children," Davis said.
Court documents state investigators say Fiszer told them that he was a sex addict and that he looks at porn and child porn online. He also admitted that he shares pictures and videos with others online and that he is involved with role playing and fantasies.
Police say Fiszer also told him that he tried to commit suicide after his wife learned of his relationship with the 14-year-old girl.
Fiszer is an 18 year veteran of HFD and was assigned to Station 21. He had been relieved of duty with pay pending the results of the ongoing investigation, however, HFD says Fiszer turned in his resignation papers on Friday morning.
"Mr. Fiszer has requested and signed his resignation from the Houston Fire Department, so he is no longer a Houston firefighter," said Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison.
An investigation has been launched by HFD.
"Part of our investigation will be to determine if there was any impropriety with any of our computers or our city equipment. That will be an ongoing investigation, yes. We will definitely look into that," said Chief Garrison.
Fiszer, 49, was arrested on January 24. Bond has been set at $20,000.