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.
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