Prosecutor to add charges against man accused of child sexual assault

By From page A5 | August 13, 2014

12 Steven Sherwood

Steven Sherwood is shown in this photo provided by The Associated Press.

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man authorities say is responsible for a horrific series of sexual assaults on several young girls made a brief court appearance Tuesday, where prosecutors said they would seek additional charges.

Steven Sherwood, 49, was arrested by Fairfield police after receiving reports in May from some of Sherwood’s neighbors that he had molested their children. The arrest did not end the police investigation that has since uncovered several additional children who report being sexually assaulted by Sherwood.

Sherwood, a few days after his arrest, pleaded not guilty to 10 felony child sexual assault charges that included continuously sexually assaulting young children and other similar crimes that carry life sentences if he is convicted.

Prosecutor Krishna Abrams said during Tuesday’s court appearance that her office would drop the charges against Sherwood and file a new case against him immediately that includes the previous charges and sexual assault allegations involving six additional child victims who police have uncovered in their investigation.

Sherwood, who has been in jail with bail set at more than $3 million since his arrest, will not be released from jail and should be arraigned on the previous allegations and the new charges within a day or two, Abrams said.

Police reported Sherwood would gain the trust of neighbors near his Garfield Street home and friends who had young children and then befriend the children. A search of Sherwood’s home after his arrest reportedly turned up evidence of child pornography.

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 Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • 2realAugust 13, 2014 - 6:16 am

    Death by firing squad

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  • gemmaAugust 13, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Is the world brain dead? I was wondering why people were letting their children go to this scary/scruffy looking mans home, and in the back of my mind I just knew it was going to say the victims would come to his house to play with his children! That would be understandable, but, to make friends with families with children, then allow the children over there? I swear rats are smarter than some people. When I lived in an apt in VV, I let my son go to ONE person's apt, a handful of times, and that was after I spoke with the father and kids several times. We moved to an apt in FF, and a kid wanted to play with my son. They were 10 at the time. I didn't like the vibe I got from the boy, acting grown and talking to me like he was grown and not in an educated way either, lived with his grandparents. One day they ate something, I went outside and they had thrown the wrappers on the ground, so I made them pick them up. I just never had a good feeling about the kid, and I felt bad for judging him and not allowing my son to play with him, but it's my kid, I can do that. My son attends school in VV, and at some point during junior high, the other boy started attending school in VV with my son. My son would come home telling me the kid was in detention, then he was suspended, then he was in juvie.Just last week, he told me the kid is locked up now for 2 YEARS. He's either 16 or 17 now.Sorry to rant for so long, but the signs were there all along, and I went with my gut.Better to be safe than sorry. Now if I can get a feeling about a child, why can't parents wonder why a grown man with NO children wants to be friends with their child? When I was growing up, I wasn't even allowed to hang out with older kids a few years older, much less grown people. I feel sorry for the victims, and I feel bad that they're being raised by scarecrows with no brains. Now the kids have to live with this forever, and it's going to affect them differently than it affects the scarecrows.

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  • Christine in FFAugust 13, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Gemma~ I don't see anywhere in the article that HE himself had children of his own that the other kids would go over to play with.

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  • BAugust 13, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Shoot him like a rabid dog. There is no rehabilitating pedophiles. They dont deserve to live and neither does anyone who supports them in any way shape or form.

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  • JimboAugust 13, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    People who force their sex on minors or women should be made to forfeit their sex lives for the rest of their lifetimes. Physical genital amputation. Let him pee through a plastic tube.

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