A 69-year-old Thousand Oaks man facing multiple sexual abuse charges by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office was arrested last week, authorities said.
Steven Skyler Abbott was arrested Dec. 6 after months of investigation into the reported sexual abuse of two Thousand Oaks girls, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
In November, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple felony sexual abuse charges against Abbott, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse, one count of lewd acts upon a child and one count of forcible lewd acts upon a child.
He is also facing multiple felony enhancements and special allegations related to his charges.
The investigation began in September, when the sheriff’s agency received a report of suspected child crimes.
A 16-year-old victim alleged that she was sexually abused by Abbott when she was between the ages of 5 and 11, sheriff’s officials said.
Sexual assault unit detectives subsequently identified a second, 24-year-old victim who reported that Abbott had abused her when she was between the ages of 3 and 7, authorities said.
The sheriff’s agency said the victims and their families had come into contact with Abbott through the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newbury Park.
Investigators submitted their findings to prosecutors, who filed felony sexual abuse charges against Abbot on Nov. 16, officials said.
On Nov. 28, an arrest warrant was issued for Abbott.
The suspect was eventually arrested at his home on Dec. 6 and booked into Ventura County jail. He is being held on $250,000 bail and is due in Ventura County Superior Court on Dec. 27 for his arraignment, according to court and jail records.
Others who believe they are a victim of Abbott or who may have additional information were advised to contact Detective Darin Yanover at 805-494-8229.