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San Mateo County's Chief Probation Officer Stuart Forrest attempted suicide.

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner on Feb 22, 2013

This story is finally coming to light, I had heard about it from 3 sources when it first happened, I even sent that info to a reporter so she might be able to confirm it. Here we are 61 days later and thanks to Michelle Durand for todays article she mentions it.

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How does this kind of Newsworthy information stay out of our 7 paper sources. This was one of San Mateo County's Highest Officials. Also mentioned in the article was District Attorney Stave Wagstaffe ref. this case out for prosecution.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

In the title I should say former or ex Chief of Probation.

Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

A reporter says that Forrest's arraignment was "not listed" on the calendar and calls it a "secretive hearing." Why was it not listed? Wagstaffe lists a daily "Cases of interest" on his daily press release. Why didn't he list this one?

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Forrest's arraignment, overseen by retired Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Robert Atack, was not listed on the court calendar

Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Not informing the public of its right to know about criminal hearings is nothing new for the San Mateo DA's office. In 2007, DA Steve Wagstaffe left off the Cardell Brown case from his daily "Cases of Interest" to the press. That's because Cardell Brown was a counselor who worked at a San Mateo County group home. He was raping the boys here. But Wagstaffe kept Brown's criminal hearings a secret from the public. Brown did a plea deal and was in prison before the public got wind of it. The case only came to light after a lawyer for the victims contacted a reporter to ask why there was no press about the case.

The secrecy and lack of transparency from the DA's office has got to stop. The Stuart Forrest case is big news. Why in God's name wouldn't the DA's office let the press know when the arraignment took place?

Posted by Easy answer, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Because this whole fiasco reflects negatively on Wagstaffe and the DA's office, like so many recent shenanigns. He is supposed to oversee the probations area. When he was in charge of the public administrator, monies were embezzled. This guy has been walking between raindrops for way too long. It's time for Steve Wagstaffe to go.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Guilty Verdict today on both counts.