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Fort Bragg Man Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Abusing 10-Year-Old Child

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The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


Steven Hyrum Helm

On 04-21-2022 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an allegation of oral copulation of a child who was reported to be (10) ten years-old. 

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the 30000 block of Simpson Lane (Fort Bragg, California) and met with Steven Hyrum Helm and a witness to the incident.

Based on the disclosure provided by the witness, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were contacted and responded to further investigate the allegation. 

On 04-22-2022, following multiple interviews, probable cause was established which identified Helm as the person responsible for the alleged abuse.  Helm was believed to have continuous access to the child who was known to him. 

At about 3:20 AM, Helm was placed under arrest and transported to the Mendocino County Jail. Helm was arrested for 288.7 (b) PC (Oral copulation of a child under 10 years-old) and 288.5 PC (Continuous sexual abuse of child under 14 years-old).

Helm was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Anyone with information related to Steven Hyrum Helm or this investigation is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-line at 707-234-2100.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Researched the property associated with this individual online which lists other family members. Older woman with same last name with grown sons has a Facebook page with numerous postings decrying sexual abuse by Catholic priests. She comes across as a fairly respectable person. Whether she called the cops on her bum of a husband or ex who was staying for doing something to one of her grandchildren would be speculation, but it seems she would not shirk her duty to do for even a second.

    • A doctor friend who had seen and treated a lot of victims of child abuse and who had been abused herself as an infant once told me that the reason we have so many pedophiles running around loose these days is because in the past they would be taken out by the fathers, uncles, brothers, etc. while the law looked the other way. Rough justice, but there are times…

  2. A subject we refuse to confront. When children are sexually assaulted in our society, guilt rules. Children are not equpt to deal with that trauma but adults are afraid to offer comfort. A child must sort it out alone, this is the perfect garden for predatory pedophiles.
    The DSM says if you were molested you will molest. This is false science and has zero support in studies. It is a dogma. Children who experience sexual trauma are equipt to help other children. Peer support is vital

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