VAN WERT — The former Chief Executive Officer of a company in Delphos returned to a Van Wert County courtroom Wednesday for the first time since being sentenced to three years in prison back in March. Robert Fishbein was arraigned on a charge of violating a civil protective order. He entered a not guilty plea.
Fishbein was given a three-year prison sentence for intimidation of a witness and telephone harassment on March 14. The case stems from what Fishbein himself called during his sentencing hearing an “extramarital affair” with a female former employee of I & K Distributing, where he was the CEO.
The woman left I & K after allegedly receiving severance pay in lieu of filing a sexual harassment complaint against Fishbein. However, the harassment continued and charges were filed against Fishbein in Van Wert Municipal Court. Afterward, Fishbein reportedly continued the calls to the woman and also made a threat against her if she did not drop the case. He was said to have made between 300-400 telephone calls to the woman between Oct. 20-25, 2011. At least one of those calls was threatening in nature.
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