News Story


Arrest of Child Molest Suspect
6/25/2015 7:15:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest of Child Molest Suspect

Report Number:



Oak View, California

Date & Time:

06/23/2015  /  0635 Hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau

Ojai Police Department Investigations Unit


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Steven Wayne Bower

Juvenile Female

Juvenile Female

Juvenile Female


Oak View







On June 23, 2015, Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office arrested Steven Wayne Bower for child molestation.  Bower is suspected of molesting three juvenile female victims, each on separate occasions, while in his care.  The juvenile victims were ages 6, 8 and 9 during the incidents. Bower is currently in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trail Detention Facility on $500,000.00 bail. 


Due to the seriousness of these crimes, anyone with information that may help in identifying witnesses or other potential victims is asked to contact the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau, Detective Randy Skaggs at 805-384-4725.


Prepared by:

Detective Randy Skaggs / Major Crimes Bureau

(805) 384-4725



News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Denise Sliva / Sheriff's Office PIO

(805) 947-9258



Approved by:

Captain Melissa Smith / Major Crimes Bureau.



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).