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Friday December 14th, 2018 :: 08:39 a.m. PST

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News Story - Child Predator Arrest

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Child Predator Report Number: 18-136139, 18-148131 Location: City of Thousand Oaks Date & Time: 12/6/2018 Unit Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks Police Department – Major Crimes / Sexual Assault Unit; Ventura County District Attorney’s Office – Sexual Assault Family Protection Unit (S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age (S) Abbott, Steven Skyler (V) Juvenile Female (V) Adult Female Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks 69 16 24 Narrative: In September of 2018, Thousand Oaks Police Department patrol deputies responded to a suspected child crimes call in the Newbury Park area within the City of Thousand Oaks. The 16 year old victim stated she was sexually abused between the ages of 5 to 11 years old by the Suspect – Steven Skyler Abbott. Deputies documented the incident as Lewd Act Upon a Child. Detectives with the Thousand Oaks Police Department Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit immediately began an investigation and identified a second victim. The second female victim, 24 years old, also reported being sexually abused by Steven Abbott between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. The investigation revealed the victims and their families met and associated with Steven Abbott through the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses church in Newbury Park. After a thorough investigation, Detectives presented to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing considerations. On November 16, 2018, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office elected to file the following charges: Two (2) Counts of 288.5(a) PC – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, One (1) count of 288(a) PC – Lewd Act Upon a Child, and One (1) count of 288(b)(1) PC – Forcible Lewd Act Upon a Child. On November 28, 2018, an arrest warrant for Steven Skyler Abbott was issued by the Ventura CHIEF OF POLICE COMMANDER TIM HAGEL SHERIFF BILL AYUB Page 2 of 2 County Superior Court with a bail amount of $250,000. Detectives with the City of Thousand Oaks Major Crimes – Sexual Assault Unit contacted and arrested Abbott at his residence in the Newbury Park area within the City of Thousand Oaks. Abbott is currently in custody and being housed at the Todd Road Jail facility. Abbott is scheduled for arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on December 27, 2018. The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting anyone with additional information about Steven Skyler Abbott or anyone who believes they may also be a victim of Abbott’s to call Detective Darin Yanover @ (805) 494-8229. Prepared by: Sgt. Dan Hawes Media Release Date: December 12, 2018 Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129 eric.buschow@ventura.org Approved by: Captain Bill Schierman

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