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San Mateo County's Chief Probation Officer Stuart Forrest placed on administrative leave while Feds investigate possession of Child Porn.

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Dec 23, 2012

It was first reported by the San Mateo Daily Journal this last Saturday, that he was arrested and booked on a special warrant that allowed him to be held for 10 days without bail. Since that report the Sheriff's Office has issued a statement saying he has not been booked and he is being interviewed by Federal agents. The article has now been changed and there is no mention of the arrest or booking or special warrant. It will be interesting if we find out he is being held without bail, what we do know is he is on administrative leave since Friday.

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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Judge Marta Diaz recommended Forrest to head the Probation Department. She is good pals with him and has worked with him on juvenile issues and on committees with him for years.

Marta Diaz, when she was both a prosecutor and juvenile judge, sent many, many juveniles to Dr. William Ayres. She is also a longtime pal of Ayres.

In July, 2005 after a molestation civil suit was settled against Ayres, DA Steve Wagstaffe told San Francisco Chronicle reporter Alan Gathright and Jason Dearen, then-reporter for the County Times who is now with the Associated Press, that Judge Diaz actively tried to interfere with the police investigation into Ayres in 2002 and warned them to be "real careful, because Ayres and I are friends. " Wagstaffe also said that Diaz frequenly had Ayres over to dinner.

Ayres and Stuart Forrest had dealings with each other for years at Hillcrest Juvenile Hall from 1976-1990.

It is just way too coincidental that the Chief Probation officer in San Mateo is being investigated for child porn and the former number one evaluator of juveniles for the courts was arrested for molesting boys.

Let's hope the FBI and the Postal Service who are investigating are also looking at the relationships between Forrest, Ayres and Diaz.

To the editors here: before you go and delete this, put in a call to DA Wagstaffe and ask him about Diaz and Ayres. He's the source for the information to reporters.


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Posted by Worried
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 26, 2012 at 4:56 am

How can DA Wagstaffe not take full responsibility for this, his own probation officer being a (vile) criminal, all the while judging the sometimes much more petty offenses and behavior of others? How can the resulting criminal prosecution not be immersed in conflicts of interest (Wagstaffe not wanting to push it as it makes him look bad too)? I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on the estate thefts, but this is too much. He needs to step down NOW.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

Worried:

Judge and jury now are we? The guy hasn't been convicted yet


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

Worried: Don't worry. The case will NOT be prosecuted by the San Mateo DA's office. This is a FEDERAL investigation and the US Attorney's office will be trying the case.

Very telling that the San Mateo DA has been totally left out of the loop in this investigation.

Perhaps last year's FBI investigation into Wagstaffe for covering up crimes committed by San Mateo County employees IS on the mark.


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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

Update, Thursday the warrants were issued at San Mateo County. Friday Stuart Forrest was removed by the presiding judge Beth Freeman on paid leave. Roy Brasil has been appointed to replace him.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Menlo is right,

Not only has he not been convicted, he has not been arrested/booked or charged with any crime yet. When and if charged with a crime he is innocent until proven guilty.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

How is it possible that he'd be innocent? I don't mean that rudely, I mean it literally. Could one be set up for this crime? I'm interested in understanding the nuts & bolts of how someone could actually be innocent. Any general info that folks could point me toward?


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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hmmmm, asks Could one be set up for this crime?

Answer Yes, is it likely in this case No we will know more by to 10 day mark. That is the time mentioned in the original article that the Flash incarceration warrant allows a person to be held without bail. That could also explain the Sheriff stating he wasn't booked and if you call the jail to see if he is there he doesn't show up on the computer yet. He also might not be there. Time will tell.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

Michael: it is NOT likely he was set up. He is NOT the only one being investigated.

Again, think big picture; who else in San Mateo may be involved in the sharing of child pornography?

This is a FEDERAL investigation. I would get off the part about one free daily paper incorrectly reporting that he was being being booked for jail and start thinking about others who may be caught up in this investigation.

That is the story.


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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2012 at 7:51 am

Lurker says

"Again, think big picture; who else in San Mateo may be involved in the sharing of child pornography?"

This is a FEDERAL investigation.

This could be a large number people since we have ZERO oversight in San Mateo County.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

I see that one of my comments was removed. I will try again.

The lead agency in the Stuart Forrest child pornography investigation is the United States Postal Service Inspection Agency.

A bit of background on child pornography investigations conducted by the United States Postal Service Inspection Agency.

This year, the United States Postal Service Inspection Agency has arrested a number of people with child pornography who have purchased films by Azov films that show naked underaged boys in various activities.

Starting in 2012, some US customers of Azov Films have been arrested and charged with receipt and possession of child pornography: some of the nude visual material has been construed as illegal by US Law Enforcement Officers ("LEO's"), including agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service.

So far, all of the prosecutions are based on receipt by postal mail of Azov DVDs. US Postal Inspector Jeff Adkins, in an Affidavit dated 10/25/2012, states that 160 movies out of the approximately 600 available on the Company website have been "categorized as containing child pornography."


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Dec 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

Beginning in 2012, The United States Postal Inspection Service has arrested a number of people who bought child pornography films by Azov Films. One of those arrested this year was Boston pediatrician Dr. Richard Keller.

Web Link

Keller worked at Boston Children's Hospital, where former San Mateo child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres, also worked. Ayres was arrested in 2007 for molesting young boys sent to him for therapy, but almost six years later, he is still out on bail.


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jan 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

Stuart Forrest officially retired yesterday. That was fast.

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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jan 1, 2013 at 3:00 am

From the Mercury News today:

"Forrest began working for the San Mateo County's Probation Department in November 1977 and was named its chief in April 2009. His first title was that of a group supervisor at the county's juvenile hall. That post's job description includes the following duties: "supervise, counsel and orient juvenile detainees," as well as "conduct individual guidance and counseling sessions."

So Forrest, in 1977 at Hillcrest, was counseling juveniles. That was during Dr. Ayres' heyday at Hillcrest, where he was also "counseling" *cough* juveniles.

(Portion removed. Easy on the speculation.)


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Jan 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

Judge Marta Diaz sure knows how to pick em!!

-- Mercury News, January 1, 2012:

Excerpt:

At the time, he was appointed as probation chief, Judge Marta Diaz said
in a county news release: "I've known Stu for a very long time. His modesty and leadership skills are only exceeded by his ability and integrity."


-- Legal Daily Journal, April 2009:

Excerpt:

Not everyone is a fan. Diaz is among a number of county officials who have come under fire recently for referring juveniles to a child psychiatrist who was later charged with molesting three young male patients. Dr. William Ayres is set to stand trial later this year.
(Portion removed. Please stop the speculation.)


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