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Man guilty of molesting girl

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A Stafford man was convicted of two felonies this week for molesting a 12-year- old girl.

Jamal Fields

Jamal Fields

Jamal Reginald Fields, 37, was convicted Wednesday in Stafford Circuit Court of indecent liberties with a child and child cruelty. In exchange for his guilty pleas, prosecutor Michael Hardiman dropped a more serious aggravated sexual battery charge.

Fields’ two convictions are both Class 6 felonies that each carry maximum penalties of five years in prison. Fields will be sentenced Aug. 27.

According to the evidence presented by Hardiman, the incident occurred in July 2012 at a home in Stafford. The girl said she was watching television when Fields, who is not related to the child, came into the room and told her to roll over on her back.

She said Fields put a blanket over her face and started touching her.

The girl said she was upset but didn’t say anything about the incident for more than a year, saying she was afraid of what might happen to her or her mother if she did.

But around September of last year, the girl got into an argument with Fields and blurted out what he’d done to her the previous year.

Adults heard the statement and the Sheriff’s Office was called. While police were talking to the child and her mother, Fields showed up and was asked about the allegation. Hardiman said he immediately confessed to the incident, which Hardiman said was the only one the girl ever reported.

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