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:
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.