Man sentenced to prison in rapes of 4 former Penn State University students

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania — A man has been sentenced to decades in prison for raping four former Penn State students over a seven-year period.

Jeffrey Fields, 38, of Port Matilda, was sentenced Friday in Center County to 29 1/2 to 61 years in state prison for the attacks that took place at the state college between 2010 and 2017, the Center Daily Times reported.

Fields, who was working at the state college at the time, pleaded guilty in March to all but two of the charges against him, including rape and sexual assault.

First Assistant District Attorney Sean McGraw said Fields was a “very sophisticated rapist” who committed “calculated, planned attacks on vulnerable women.”

One victim said in a statement to President Judge Pamela Ruest that the defendant “completely changed my life. He changed me at my core.”

Defense attorney Steve Trialonas said in a sentencing memo that each of the rapes “had undertones of power and control; two aspects of Jeff’s life that were missing outside of these crimes”. He said his client has never challenged the evidence against him since his arrest in July 2020, never asked for bail and didn’t want victims to testify.

Fields spoke for nearly 20 minutes, calling his crimes “unspeakable.”

“I regret everything I’ve done. You don’t deserve to go through this. I’m so sorry,” he said, later adding, “If I could go back in time and change everything, I would.”

The father of one victim said he lives in a “constant state of anger” and that no sentence is harsh enough.

“This man is the embodiment of evil,” he wrote. “May God forgive me, but I have no room in my heart for forgiveness or mercy. May he burn in hell.”

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