Arizona man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing child in Richmond

Before traveling to Illinois, Fields engaged in an online relationship with the child, prosecutors said.

A 24-year-old Arizona man was sentenced to prison last week for sexually abusing a child who he is accused of traveling to Richmond to meet.

Mark Fields, of Tucson, was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison for a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Fields entered a blind guilty plea to the charge last month. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed additional charges, including indecent solicitation, solicitation to meet a child and traveling to meet a minor.

According to court records, Fields and another adult traveled in June 2020, from Arizona to Richmond to meet the child.

The other person, 19-year-old Rhiannon Kennedy, who also goes by Vince, accepted a plea deal Tuesday and was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge for traveling to meet a minor. Kennedy, of Alaska, also must receive mental health treatment and sexual offender treatment as a condition of the sentence, court records show.

Before traveling to Illinois, Fields engaged in an online relationship with the minor and upon arriving, sexually abused the child at a motel, according to a news release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.