ITHACA, N.Y. – An Auburn man pleaded guilty to criminal contempt in Tompkins County Court on Monday afternoon, after his arrest during a physical dispute earlier this year.

Jason T. Fields, 32, was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt after New York State Police arrested him during a dispute on March 25 on Maple Avenue in Ithaca.

Judge John C. Rowley said in the court proceeding on Monday that Fileds violated a standing order of protection at the time with the intention of harassing the victim.

“You subjected that person to physical contact that would be characterized as harassment,” Rowley said.

Fields, who was represented by Attorney Jerome Mayersak, entered a guilty plea to the charge on Monday, which could carry up to three years in state prison.

The defendant was remanded to Cayuga County Jail without bail, where he was being held for a separate arrest on July 7. Fields will remain incarcerated until his sentencing, which is scheduled for August 25 at Tompkins County Court.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.