A sexually violent predator will soon be making the East County his home.
On Tuesday, a San Diego judge approved 58-year-old Allen Field’s placement into a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house on Custer Road in Campo.
The convicted child molester is scheduled to move in on Oct. 24, sparking outrage among local officials and residents alike.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob called the plan an outrage, not justice.
“These are places where families come for peace and quiet, but now they worry for their safety,” she said in a statement. “Sexually violent predators like Fields gave up their freedom when they committed their monstrous acts. The only community they deserve is prison.”
Parents have expressed concern that Fields' new home will be one mile from a playground and 2.2 miles from Campo Elementary School.
Fields spent 25 years in prison after he molested four boys between the ages of 10 and 13 in the early 1980s.
Working as either a caregiver or Boy Scout troop leader to gain access to his victims, he perpetrated the lewd acts over five years, including fondling, mutual masturbation, mutual oral copulation and attempted sodomy, the District Attorney says.
Since he was released from prison, Fields underwent more than ten years in sex offender treatment and volunteered for surgical castration in 2003.
In recent years, seven sexually violent predators have been house in the county’s rural areas, according to Jacob.