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Investigated County Chief Probation Officer Announces Retirement

Stuart Forrest, recently put on paid administrative leave while he was under investigation by federal authorities, announced his immediate retirement on Monday.

By Bay City News

San Mateo County Chief Probation Officer Stuart Forrest announced his retirement on Monday after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month while under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspector Service.

Forrest had been placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 21 and his retirement was effective on Monday, Dec. 31, according to San Mateo County Superior Court officials.

County spokesman Marshall Wilson confirmed Forrest is under federal investigation but neither he nor U.S. Postal Inspector Service officials were immediately releasing details of the probe. However, many other news outlets reported Forrest was under suspicion for receiving child pornography.

Forrest had worked for the county's probation department since 1977 and was appointed chief in 2009. His salary for this year was $140,004.

Superior Court officials have named Roy Brasil, a 12-year veteran of the probation department, as acting chief.

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Alison January 03, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Removed from the bench = essentially equals being fired.
Pacificat January 04, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Alison: They are not the same thing. It's an important distinction. Think organizationally and lines of authority and responsibility. I don't have time to discuss it now. Put on your thinking cap.
Chris Kiely January 04, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Judicial term of office = 6 years. I believe Diaz next election is 2016
Alison January 04, 2013 at 03:00 PM
There are other agencies that may be looking at Diaz as a person of interest.
Alison January 04, 2013 at 05:56 PM
San Mateo County residents should keep a close eye on this Boston case involving child pornography, which like the Forrest case, is also being investigated by the US Postal Inspector Service. Dr. Richard Keller at Boston Children's Hospital ( where San Mateo County's Dr. William Ayres, arrested for child molestation also worked ) i is one of a number of men who received the notorious "Azov films." Yesterday the feds raided Keller's house a second time. http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/01/feds_investigate_whether_andover_pediatrician_produced_child Excerpt from the Boston Herald: "Keller’s name surfaced on the mailing list of a video distribution company that was shipping child porn from New York. His home was searched in September, when authorities discovered dozens of videos and hundreds of pictures which they say depict child pornography. At the time Keller was a doctor at Children’s Hospital Boston and had recently left Phillips Academy in Andover after 19 years as the prep school’s medical director. Keller has surrendered his medical license." Did Stuart Forrest purchase any Azov films? Time will tell.

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