District Boy Scout chairman Steven Foreman, 52, was arrested after police served a search warrant and located child pornography on several of his computers and hard drives. The former airman was arrested Monday and charged with the possession of child pornography, and authorities have seized his computers.
The Altus Police Department and OSBI (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have been working on a joint investigation into Foreman’s illegal activities that began last April.
Undercover investigator Deputy Jeff Kessel of Beckam County, Oklahoma said the department has intercepted “disturbing images” that originated on a personal computer in Foreman’s residence. Kessel had this to say about the investigation:
‘It’s going to be a hefty sentence, if he’s convicted.’
On May 26th, the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force intercepted images of child pornography originating from a personal computer at Foreman’s home. At that time, an ICAC investigator downloaded child pornography, apparently from an IP address at Foreman’s home.
One of the scout fathers is very concerned about the children’s safety, and he believes that jailing Foreman gives both the Boy Scouts and their parents peace. Adrian King, who is the father of a young Boy Scout, said:
‘I was very concerned. I know a lot of parents around here were concerned and shocked to hear that cause you usually don’t expect it from people you know and interact with.’
King leads Troop 265 and has been working with the Boy Scouts for six years. He said he has only interacted with Foreman infrequently at district meetings, and he was very surprised to learn about Foreman’s illegal activities:
‘I was very surprised…and disappointed.’
According to King, the Boy Scouts have guidelines for hiring a chairman or any personnel that interacts with children, specifically for this type of case:
‘They’re required to complete a training regarding child abuse and various things like that.’
King said that Foreman did not interact with the children or go on camping trips, but this father will remain vigilant:
‘The safety of the kids is the highest priority, and so any behavior like that won’t be tolerated.’
‘This behavior is unacceptable and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations we took immediate action to remove this individual from Scouting and precluded him from any further participation in our programs.’
‘The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance and we seek to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.’
Officials are holding Foreman at the Jackson County Jail until his formal arraignment at the Jackson County District Court.
Featured Image: Steven Foreman, Altus Police Department