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News - July 24, 2013

Break in trial of former probation chief

The prosecution rested July 17 in its third day of a jury trial against a former San Mateo County chief probation officer facing two charges of possessing child pornography.

Stuart Forrest was arrested in December 2012 after being named in a complaint by the U.S. postal inspector that alleged he possessed child pornography on his personal computer. He was placed on formal administrative leave on Dec. 21 and retired 10 days later on Dec. 31.

According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the trial will resume at 9 a.m. July 24, following a week-long break due to defense witness issues.

On July 16, the prosecution evidence was completed and six witnesses testified.

Mr. Wagstaffe said that defense attorney Jaime Leanos has stated that Forrest will take the stand in his defense to testify and tell the jury that he had child pornography for business purposes.

Mr. Forrest had worked for the county's probation department since 1977 and was appointed chief in 2009. He remains out of custody on a $100,000 bail bond.

The trial will resume in Department 43, San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, with visiting Judge Robert Atack presiding.

— Bay City News Service