FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man is being held in Solano County jail on more than $3 million bail after his arrest on suspicion of continuous sexual assault of a minor, aggravated sexual assault of a minor and lewd acts with a minor, police said.
Detectives began an investigation May 30 of the Fairfield resident Steven Sherwood, 49, who lives on the 900 block of Garfield Street off Travis Boulevard, centering on his association with several young girls who are children of family friends of Sherwood.
Allegations of sexual assault and child pornography were revealed immediately upon the investigation’s start, police said. A search warrant at Sherwood’s home was served and evidence of multiple sex crimes against children was allegedly uncovered, police said. Sherwood was arrested June 4, police said.
Police said several additional victims were identified as the investigation continued, leading to further allegations of sexual assault against children. Detectives are continuing the investigation and said they believe there may be additional victims.
Residents who live around Garfield Street said Wednesday that Sherwood often held garage sales at his home.
A woman who lives near Sherwood said he came to her home asking if he could take her children to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo by himself. The woman, who declined Wednesday to give her name, said she told him “no” and warned her children to stay away from Sherwood. She said she knew something was not right.
The woman said she saw police take a computer from Sherwood’s residence.
Don Hopper, who lives along Garfield, said he saw police at Sherwood’s home last week.
“They had the street pretty much blocked off,” Hopper said. “We thought maybe it was drugs.”
Hopper, 53, said of Sherwood’s alleged offenses, “That’s scary.”
Anyone with information about Sherwood is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department at 428-7300 or the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigations Unit at 428-7354.
Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.