MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A former sheriff 's deputy convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl will return to the town where the crime occurred but remain on home confinement.
Robert Fields, 33, was convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing a girl in his office at Morgantown High School. He was then a resource officer for the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department.
Fields began serving a 10- to 20-year sentence, but won early release in April after serving 21/2 years of his term. Since then, he's been on home confinement in Elkins.
Judge Russell Clawges on Wednesday approved a transfer back to Morgantown. His lawyer says Fields can find work more easily in Morgantown.
A prosecutor opposed the transfer because of Fields' law enforcement connections.