Solano judge boosts bail to $6M for suspected child molester

By From page A5 | August 15, 2014

12 Steven Sherwood

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

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man authorities say committed a series of sexual assaults on several young girls pleaded not guilty Thursday to 18 felony charges.

Prosecutors told Judge David E. Power that eight of the felony charges would result in life sentences for Steven Sherwood if he is convicted.

Sherwood, 49, was arrested by Fairfield police in May after some of his neighbors reported that he had molested their children. He had been in jail with bail set at more than $3 million. Power upped the bail to $6 million and ordered Sherwood to return to court Aug. 26 for a probable cause hearing.

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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  • ......August 15, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Prosecutors told Judge David E. Power that eight of the felony charges would result in life sentences WHAT does this mean? Is the judge in need of remedial instruction?

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  • Old BoyAugust 15, 2014 - 9:27 am

    For those of you that don't know Judge Gump, this was his was of showing some power. This guy couldn't make 100K bail and it was already set at 3 mil. What was the purpose of raising it to 6 mill other than to cuddle up to the cops. Judge Gump never ceases to amaze me.

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  • gemmaAugust 15, 2014 - 9:42 am

    I agree that raising the bail amt was just a show for the parents and concerned parties. If anything, he should have arrested all the parents that allowed their DAUGHTERS to go to this man's house. Give me one good reason a parent would have to continuously allow their daughter to go to a grown mans house, a man that made friends with them. IMO, they served their kids up on a platter, so were they all in some sick pedo group, was he paying them for using their children, what was the deal, because I don't believe all these parents could be so stupid! It sickens me knowing the handed their kids over to him. The parents should be held responsible.

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  • Bill of RightsAugust 15, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Although parents need to be accountable for their children, let's place the blame where it is deserved! This man is a modern day monster that should never be allowed in a free society! He is lucky to be in America where he is protected by the very system that will incarcerate him for the remainder of his pathetic life! Sad indeed!

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  • truth'nAugust 15, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    I would like to know the name of the Bail Bond company and individual who puts up bail for pervs like this. Let's find out just who is trying to earn a fast buck by putting our children at risk.

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  • ......August 15, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    Your out of your mind.

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