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Home security camera provides evidence in sex crime

November 9, 2018—A former Excelsior Springs resident has been charged with three counts of sodomy or attempted sodomy.

Independence Missouri Police were dispatched to the residence of Daniel Fields, formerly of Excelsior Springs, to investigate a sex offense call on Oct. 20.

Daniel J. Fields

Daniel J. Fields

Once authorities arrived and spoke with the reporting party regarding the incident, Fields, who was at the residence, was taken into custody and placed on a 24-hour investigative hold for statutory sodomy.

In the Probable Cause Statement filed by a detective from IPD, during a forensic interview, the victim claims Fields “came into the bedroom” while s/he was sleeping. The report continues to state that the victim said Fields “placed his genitals in [their] hand,” and “used his hands to wrap [their] hand around his [genitals.]”

In a separate interview with Independence Police, an undisclosed party provided authorities with a photograph from a security camera that was inside the residence where the crime occurred. The photograph showed Fields entering the bedroom.

When interviewed by authorities on Oct. 21, Fields confessed to the crime.

Fields was charged with three counts of sodomy or attempted sodomy in the first degree when the victim is less than 12 years old.

In the Complaint filed in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, the felony count requires the defendant to be subject to lifetime supervision. The count claims the defendant, “for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire [of himself] knowingly had deviate sexual intercourse with a child less than 12 years of age who was incapable of consent.”

Fields is being held on $250,000 bond, with 10 percent or secured, in Jackson County Detention Center. Special conditions of bond include “no contact with the victim(s), witnesses or co-defendant(s), … victim(s) family members, … or anyone under 17 years of age, and not to be within 1,000 feet of a school or Boys and Girls Club.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19 in the Independence Criminal/Traffic courtroom of Judge Jeffrey Keal.

By Standard Staff • StandardStaff@leaderpress.com

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