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Ex-probation head ready for trial on possessing child pornography
July 10, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Stu Forrest

The county’s former chief probation officer is ready to begin trial on two felony charges of possessing child pornography lodged after federal investigators reportedly found more than 400 graphic images of children on his home computer in December.

Stuart James Forrest, 61, is expected to mount a defense that admits possessing some pornographic images but arguing they were related to his job heading the San Mateo County Probation Department. On Tuesday, Forrest appeared in court for a conference on his readiness for trial and to begin discussing trial motions. The five-day jury trial is set for Monday, July 15.

Forrest has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts stemming from his alleged possession on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. Although Forrest reportedly possessed more than 400 illegal images on a USB drive and laptop at his home, the law typically allows a person only to be charged for each incident of possession rather than the total number of photographs or videos.

The two days linked to the charges by the state Attorney General’s Office are when federal agents searched Forrest’s office at the Youth Services Center in San Mateo and the San Mateo County Superior Court placed him on administrative leave. Shortly after, Forrest reportedly tried killing himself on the steps of a San Mateo church when confronted by sheriff’s deputies and, 10 days later, retired from the county. Forrest is free from custody on a $10,000 bail bond.

 

 

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