Friday
October
31
2014
11:03 am
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Ex-probation chief takes stand to defend child porn: Stuart Forrest confesses multiple suicide attempts, molestation, lies to police
July 25, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Stuart Forrest

Former San Mateo County chief probation officer Stuart Forrest told jurors he lied to investigators about having images of naked and bound boys because he felt they wouldn’t believe his claims the pornography was for work-related research.

After repeatedly telling Deputy Attorney General Johnette Jauron that his answers about not owning or purchasing pictures and videos were not lies, Forrest, 61, rested his head in his right hand and admitted “yes.”

“I no longer trusted them,” Forrest said, adding that he was just trying to end the interview and contact his attorney.

Forrest said he was “shocked” to realize federal investigators suspected him of possessing child porn for his personal use because he had purchased and downloaded the images on his county-issued electronic devices in an effort to expand human trafficking training.

“I didn’t think that anything adequate was being done to address male victimization,” Forrest said, adding that despite Jauron’s contention he focused on a narrow type of pornography involving bound and spanked boys he actually did “a full spectrum of research.”

Forrest said he underwent several bouts of training on human trafficking but was particularly motivated by realignment and conferences called by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo.

Jauron asked did Speier’s training include the collection of child pornography? To which Forrest said no. He similarly indicated then backtracked on statements that San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Lee was aware he was developing a new child exploitation protocol that included such collection.

Forrest, the probation department’s highest administrator until his investigation and subsequent retirement in December 2012, said he ordered movies from distributor Azov Films because the covers were only “mildly suggestive” and advertised them as “naturist films highlighting youth.” Forrest said he needed to watch the footage to determine that “they definitely are exploitive.”

Forrest took the stand in his own defense against two felony counts of child pornography possession yesterday, a week after the prosecution rested a case that included several law enforcement officials called to describe common pornography training and viewing policies. Jauron ended her case by playing for the jurors only a handful of more than 400 graphic images and video recovered from Forrest’s devices and his parent’s San Mateo home.

During his testimony, Forrest described himself as a hands-on administrator which is why he delved into the alleged research.

“I like to think of myself as a working chief so I get as involved as I can,” Forrest said.

Forrest was named chief in 2009, overseeing 460 employees, 5,500 adult probationers and 1,800 juvenile offenders. The job was his pinnacle, he said, and the accusations would destroy his career and life even if exonerated. Forrest said that thought played a role in his suicide attempt at a San Mateo church during the investigation but it was just the “the capper” on a “miserable” existence compounded by the stress of being named probation chief, feeling “under siege” as he tried to change the department’s atmosphere and concerns about his family’s health and finances. He was drinking to sleep and testified that he twice tried to kill himself before he took a knife to his throat at the church. A defense psychologist, Rahn Minagawa, testified Forrest actually made five attempts, including stepping into traffic on Interstate 280 and playing Russian roulette.

Minagawa said Forrest has a major depressive disorder and had been molested by a teacher at age 5 but a full psychological and psycho-sexual evaluation turned up no predatory signs.

But while Forrest appeared calm and composed during questioning by his attorney, his exchange with Jauron over the taped interview was marked by long pauses and claims his explanations to investigators were misunderstood. He said he didn’t remember the images he saw, disputed having watched some more than once and explained that Web searches on words like “boy links” and “scream” were efforts to better understand sex offenders under his department’s supervision.

The state Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case because of Forrest’s involvement with local law enforcement officials. The judge, Robert Atack, is from Santa Cruz County. Forrest remains free from custody on $100,000 bail.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

Tags: forrest, pornography, mateo, because, training, attorney,


Other stories from today:

 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Now that the Giants have won three World Series titles in five years, would you say they are a dynasty?

Absolutely, yes
I would think so
Maybe one more would make them a dynasty
I don't like the word dynasty
Madison Bumgarner is a dynasty!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse
FORT KENT, Maine — Kaci Hickox can travel unrestricted after a Maine judge rejected the state's bi..
Wall Street caps wild month with stock rally
NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market is capping a seesaw month by jumping to all-time highs just two w..
Burkina Faso army general takes power
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — An army general took power in Burkina Faso Friday after President Blai..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County notice to administer estate