Convicted rapist Alvin Fields says reports of his crimes have been blown out of proportion.“I am not a pedophile,” Fields said. “I am not violent. I have never attacked a kid. I am not a dangerous person.”
A convicted rapist whose revolving door sex offenses have drawn attention to sex-offender sentencing in Massachusetts says his crimes are being blown out of proportion and that he poses no danger to the community.
“I am not a pedophile,” Alvin B. Fields Jr. told a Patriot Ledger reporter during an impromptu interview at Plymouth District Court on Tuesday. “I am not violent. I have never attacked a kid. I am not a dangerous person.”
Fields, 36, of Plymouth, was in court Tuesday, and successfully fought a speeding ticket.
Last week, he was there because Kingston police charged him with stripping naked in front of shoppers in the Old Navy store at Independence Mall. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Fields is a Level 3 sex offender, the category considered most likely to reoffend.
In 2005, he was sentenced to two years in state prison for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. Since then, he has been arrested several times on charges of exposing himself in public.
Fields came to court to fight a speeding ticket Tuesday, well dressed, well spoken and accompanied by his girlfriend, who did not comment.
He denied exposing himself in the Old Navy store and said the facts would come out at trial.
He talked about his 2005 rape conviction, and said, “We were dating, but I did not have sex with her. I had no idea she was 13. She ... told me she was of age. I was lied to. I would never force myself on anyone.”
Fields said the judge in the rape case allowed him to plead guilty to “a truer version” of the facts than what police reports contained, and that his lenient two-year sentence reflected extenuating circumstances.
Court records, however, show no substantial differences between the police reports and the statement of facts to which Fields pleaded guilty.
The statement of facts on file in the case say that Fields knew the girl, met her in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Quincy and gave her alcohol. The girl told police that she passed out, and when she woke up, Fields was having sex with her.
Fields’ case of indecent exposure last week drew attention because it pointed out what some victim advocates say are flawed sex-offender laws.
In addition to two years in prison, the judge in the 2005 rape case, Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara, sentenced Fields to lifetime parole, meaning that any subsequent arrest could have landed him back in jail.
But that portion of the sentence was lifted later in 2005 when the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that judges could impose lifetime parole only in a narrow range of cases. Fields’ convictions for exposing himself did not qualify.
Fields was on the state’s 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender list in 2006 for failing to register as a sex offender.
His Level 3 sex-offender classification is a result of his multiple exposure convictions.
But he insists he doesn’t have a problem and denies exposing himself in Plymouth and Kingston stores despite his convictions.
“I’m just trying to put my life back together,” Fields said.
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