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.
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