Retired Jacksonville Sheriffs Officer Arrested Again For Sex Crime

Retired Jacksonville Corrections Officer Gregory Kazon Fields, according to the Florida Times Union, was recently arrested for lewd and lascivious battery against someone younger than sixteen.
Reportedly, Fields paid the young girl for a sex act and took her into a wooded area. Fields was a veteran corrections officer with almost thirty years of service before he retired in July of 2013. According to the Times Union a portion of his duties included being a jail spokesman and also being involved with a juvenile justice program and state attorney program taking “at risk” juveniles on jail tours.

Officer Kazon Was Previously Arrested for Sex Crimes in 1988
Officer Kazon, per records at the Duval County Clerk of Circuit Court, in case 1988-CF-008810, was arrested on two counts of Sexual Battery, both first degree felonies at the time in 1988. According to the Times Union, Kazon became a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer in 1984, thus, four years before this felony arrest for sexual battery. These two felony sex charges were later dropped less than two months after Kazon was arrested. Although a fellow Sheriff’s Officer had to have decided earlier there was probable cause for the arrest of Kazon, the State Attorneys office later decided to “nolle prosequi” or drop the case. According to clerk records, there was also a search warrant issued. This means a judge had reviewed the facts as presented and determined there was enough indication of wrongdoing to justify a search warrant.

Convicted of Solicitation for Prostitution
Kazon, according to Duval County Clerk of Circuit Court records, was convicted,adjudicated guilty, of the misdemeanor offense of solicitation for prostitution in case 1984-MM-038801. According to clerk records, he was convicted of this charge in October 1984 the month before he started his thirty year career with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It is not known if the Sheriff’s Office knew or cared about the solicitation arrest. Kazon was convicted of a second degree misdemeanor and could have been sentenced to sixty days in jail.

Previously Issued a Citation for Unlawful Use of Badge
Former Corrections Officer Fields, again according to Duval Court records, was also issued a Citation in 1988 for a violation of Florida Statute 817.311. The charge, according to clerk records, was “unlawful use of a badge.” This resulted in another criminal case for then Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Fields, 1988-MM-055386. This case was dropped months later in March of 1989 and the citation voided per records which state “per authorization of W.H. Johnson.”

Under Florida law, a person facing a new sex charge and is presumed innocent until he either enters a plea or is convicted by a jury. To convict any defendant the prosecutor must overcome this constitutional presumption of innocence. Here,to prove a case of Lewd Battery Upon a Person Less Than 16 years of age, under Florida Statute 800.04(4) the prosecutor would have to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt:
1. The defendant engaged in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age but
less than 16 years of age; or
2. Encouraged, forced or enticed any person less than 16 years of age to
engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any
other act involving sexual activity

Futhermore, under this Statute the defendant is not allowed to introduce, as a defense, the victim’s chastity, the victim’s consent, the victim’s misrepresentation of his or her age or the defendant’s bona fide belief of the victim’s age.

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Additional Sources
Teen paid for sex act leads to arrest of former jail spokesman in Jacksonville, The Florida Times Union,  February 4, 2014