Nineteen-year-old David E. Fields of Shiloh has been sentenced to six years in prison as a result of a plea deal with prosecutors.
Fields, a former Belleville East High School student, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, and prosecutors dismissed the more serious charge of criminal sexual assault. In January 2014, Fields had pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The charges against Fields stemmed from an attack on a 17-year-old female, who was six-months pregnant, at Belleville East. Fields was accused of grabbing her hair and the back of her neck and forcibly engaged in sex with her in December 2013.
A staff member notified a school resource officer about the assault, which took place in the Alternative Day School Program. The program is located in a separate building on the main campus.
“The victim and the strength of the evidence in this case was the deciding factor in reaching this sentence,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said. “Although the defendant was young, probation was simply not ever an appropriate outcome in our opinion. The defendant’s actions demanded we seek a term of imprisonment.”
Fields was represented by the Law Office of Evelyn Lewis in St. Louis. Attorney Joslyn Anthony had no immediate comment on the case.
As of Thursday, Fields was incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center. His projected parole date is Feb. 28, 2017, according to prison records. Court records indicate Fields had already served about 225 days in prison prior to his plea deal.
Following his parole, Fields will be on probation for a year.
Kelly said Fields will also be required to register as a “violent offender against youth.”
Kelly praised the staff at Belleville East. He said they “handled this very professionally and with a sensitivity that is needed when handling issues and allegations of sexual conduct involving students.”
Belleville District 201 Superintendent Jeff Dosier declined to comment.