SAN FRANCISCO – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco agents worked with the Walnut Creek Police Department in an investigation that led to the arrest of Paul Fielder, a 60-year-old resident of Suisun City, California, charged, July 15, with 32 counts of sexual abuse of a child under 14 years of age. Fielder’s bail was set at $3.2 million.
Fielder was arrested July 11, by Walnut Creek Police Detectives and HSI special agents when he arrived at a location to meet a minor to engage in sex acts. The investigation revealed Fielder had been sexually abusing a minor for several years.
“This investigation is a stark reminder that all levels of law enforcement should never hesitate to partner up in the interest of public safety. In this case, the collaborative efforts stopped the alleged abuse from continuing. However, in too many cases, victims of this type of horrific exploitation often suffer emotional trauma and terrible memories that last a lifetime,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations San Francisco. “Homeland Security Investigations will continue working with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to rescue victims of crime, while conducting investigations to bring suspects to justice,” Spradlin added.
Investigators learned Fielder previously coached youth sports in Solano County and was employed by at least one high school as a campus supervisor.
Fielder is currently in local police custody at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and made his initial appearance in Contra Costa County Superior Court, July 16, in Department 6 before the Honorable David Goldstein. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case at the state level.
Anyone with information can contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Amber Martin at 925-943-5870 or Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office Senior Inspector Darryl Holcombe at 925-957-8757.
Parents are encouraged to discuss online safety with their children and can visit the website www.kidsmartz.org for further information.