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Attorney General looking to keep Spokane sex offender behind bars

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Attorney General's Office is looking to keep a Spokane sex offender behind bars. 

The Attorney General's Office filed a petition last week to civilly commit 37-year-old Travis Fields and prevent his release back into the community. Fields was convicted of two sexually violent offenses, the first one being attempted first degree child molestation in 1993 and then second-degree child molestation in 2008. Fields was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for the 2008 conviction and was due to be released on March 21, 2015. 

On March 19, a judge found probable cause to believe Fields is a sexually violent predator, which allows the state to detain him for further proceedings. Washington's Sexually Violent Predator law allows the state Attorney General's Office to petition for the civil commitment of violent sex offenders who, because of a mental abnormality and/or personality disorder, are proven likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if released. 

It is now up to the State of Washington to prove their allegations against Fields to keep him from being released. 

In 2014, the State of Washington tried 14 cases, won 9 civil commitments and secured one recommitment. Three trials ended in hung juries, meaning the offenders can remain incarcerated pending new trials, and one trial involved an offender who did not meet criteria to be committed as a sexually violent predator.

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