Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Abuse of a Child

Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Abuse of a Child

Steven Michael Matlak

FRESNO – Steven Michael Matlak has been arrested twice in as many weeks on several charges, including lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and sexual penetration of a child 10 or younger.

A mother of a 5-year-old had recently explained to her daughter the difference between “good and bad touching.” After the conversation, the little girl reported to her mom that earlier in the year Matlak had inappropriately touched her while she was nude and taken photographs of her. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the little girl’s statement.

A day after the first report, a second case developed in which a nine-year-old girl reported inappropriate contact with Matlak.
The suspect was arrested on July 28th and released on August 2nd after he posted bail. However, his electronic devices had been collected for further analysis and search warrants had been issued for his workplace and home.

Further investigation revealed additional child victims, all from families with whom Matlak has had previous interaction. Matlak was arrested once again on August 10th on new charges. He is currently held at the Fresno County Jail with bail set at $360,000 (per the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Website).

Any information on Steven Michael Matlak should be relayed to Detective Walden O’Neill 559-600-8203.

As precautionary measures, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to take note of their children’s online activity and keep an open dialogue regarding appropriate contact and inappropriate contact.

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