Sex predator granted release in rural East County


Allen Fields

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SAN DIEGO -- A judge Tuesday approved the release of a sexually violent predator to a home in the East County community of Campo with continued outpatient treatment and supervision.

Superior Court Judge Margie Woods ordered that Allen Fields be released by Oct. 24.

Campo residents are not too happy with Woods' decision.

"We have too many kids living around this area, many kids where I live, I don't want this guy living close to us, it's scary," said Olga Meeks, a Campo resident with three children.

Fields, a 58-year-old diagnosed pedophile, was convicted of molesting four boys between the ages of 10 and 13 after establishing relationships with them as their caregiver or Boy Scouts leader.

In 2000, after he served a 25-year prison sentence, Fields was committed to a state hospital as a sexually violent predator, where he underwent sex offender treatment.

In March 2003, Fields voluntarily submitted to surgical castration.

Last December, Woods granted Fields' petition for outpatient placement, finding that he could safely be released into the community.

The judge held a public hearing on the matter in late July and spent the last month inspecting the proposed placement area and talking to officials about law enforcement response times and other issues.

She made modifications to the original placement proposal, and Fields will have to agree to those conditions before he's released, said Deputy District Attorney Kristen Spieler.

Fields will be monitored 24 hours per day with a GPS device. He is not to go near schools, playgrounds, ball fields, community centers and trails where children may be present.

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