2nd Kids-In-Distress Worker Arrested
South Florida Crime
WILTON MANORS (CBSMiami) – An employee of Kids in Distress has been arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct.
Wilton Manors Police said they arrested Brian Fields, 31, and charged him with 12 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct. Police said they arrested Fields on February 1.
Fields is accused of performing sex acts and having sex with a fifteen-year-old girl on four different occasions from 12/27/12 to 1/6/13. Police said Fields had worked at Kids-in-Distress for the past 10 years.
Police allege the acts happened at night, while Fields was working.
“He was responsible for monitoring the children when they were asleep with another staff member, there’s always two staff members on duty at that time,” said Mark Dhooge, CEO Kids in Distress.
Dhooge said changes have already been made after the arrest of another employee, Brian Denby, several weeks ago.
“We are looking at all of our procedures, all of our security measures to update them and to provide as much enhances security as we possibly can.
In Denby’s case, police said detectives received an anonymous tip from an acquaintance of Denby on Friday January 25th. The tipster told detectives that a couple of days after the January 7th crime, Denby confessed to assaulting the teens at the Kids In Distress property located at 819 NE 26th Street.
After identification was made, police discovered Denby was on a cruise ship that left Port Miami late Friday afternoon. Detectives worked closely with Port Authorities and Customs Agents and on Monday when the ship docked, authorities took him into custody.
Wilton Manors Police said Denby made a full confession to the crime, giving details that corroborated the statements made by the teen victims and witnesses.
Fields is being held on $120,000 bond.
Wilton Manors Police said if you know of any other incidents involving Fields, call Detective Fiacco at 954-390-2165 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).
“We know how good the media is about getting information out to the public and asking them for help in identifying any additional victims of this suspect,” said Wilton Manors Police Sgt. Sean Chaddwyck