By Ramon Coronado Bee Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO (The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 22) - Retired Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Pryne Fields, who has served as a chief justice of the Marshall Islands and presided over many criminal and civil cases in the region, was charged Tuesday with soliciting a lewd act and indecent exposure.

The judge, who retired in 1993 after 20 years on the bench, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 31 on the two misdemeanor counts.

Police spokesman Sgt. Justin Risley said Fields, 71, was arrested Jan. 6.

An undercover officer was working in Del Paso Park near Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue, Risley said, when the retired judge reportedly approached the officer. The judge was one of six people arrested on similar charges, he said.

Fields, whose last known local address was in Carmichael, could not be reached for comment.

The former deputy district attorney was appointed a Municipal Court judge in 1973 by Gov. Ronald Reagan. He later was elected to the Superior Court bench, where he served until his appointment in 1993 as an associate justice to the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He later became the chief justice.

He returned to Sacramento several years ago.

As recently as 2000, he presided over the $21 million settlement of lawsuits filed by hundreds of residents stemming from the 1986 floods and involving several government agencies.

January 27, 2003

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