Centre County Man Arrested In Connection To Rapes Of Four Penn State Students
State College Police have arrested a Centre County man in connection with rapes of four Penn State students between 2010 and 2017, the department announced Tuesday.
Jeffrey P. Fields, a 36-year-old man from Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, was charged with multiple accounts of felony rape, sexual assault, involuntary deviant sexual intercoursee, and misdemeanor simple assault.
In August 2010, Fields allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman near Apple Alley in State College. Later, he allegedly raped a 19-year-old woman in Frat Row in January 2011 and a 20-year-old woman in the area of Fairmount Avenue and South Burrowes Street in April 2011. The last case disclosed occurred in July 2017 when Fields allegedly raped a 19-year-old woman near West Prospect Avenue and South Atherton Street.
Police collected DNA samples while examining each reported rape and submitted them to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab, which linked each case to one suspect. Police later used genetic genealogy screening to develop Fields as the primary suspect.
Fields was arraigned before District Justice Donald Hahn and placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility without bail.
The Centre County District Attorney’s Office and State College Police Department declined to provide any additional information at this time, citing the case is an active prosecution.
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