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Man arrested in 1993 rape case involving girl walking home from football game

James Fields (Photo: Whitley County Detention Center)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Lexington Police Department says a man has been arrested and charged with rape in connection to a case dating back to 1993.

According to police, on Sept. 4 of that year, the 13-year-old victim was walking home from a football game, when she was approached by two men. Officers say the three walked into the backyard of the victim, where they smoked marijuana and drank alcohol.

After talking for a few hours, police say the two men pushed the girl onto the ground and, in turn, raped her.

Police say afterward, the men tied a rope around the victim’s neck and walked several blocks away from the girl’s home before letting her go. The victim then ran off and reported the crime to police. She was taken to the hospital and received a sexual assault exam.

According to an arrest warrant from July 8th of this year, the kit was examined by the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab, who found semen matching with James Ashley Fields’ DNA in the National DNA Index System.

Fields was later interviewed by detectives and stated he only lived in Lexington for a few months during the mid-‘90s. He also denied having sexual intercourse with the then-juvenile victim. At the time of the incident, Fields was 22 years old.

Fields has a history of sexual assault. He was convicted of attempted rape in 2002 and is in the sex offender registry.

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