100-plus photos of child porn found


By Mary O. Esparza - mesparza@civitasmedia.com



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Investigators recently disclosed some of the details into their online probe that led to the arrest of Steven Foreman of Altus.

An internet undercover investigation on a peer-to-peer or P2P network and noted through automated loggers in use in the Internet Crimes Against Children undercover effort identified an Internet Protocol or IP address, that had been logged on since April 22 as sharing or offering to share images depicting children in sexual poses or engaged in sexual acts.

On April 30, the IP address was identified as being owned by Cable One Inc. by way of entering the IP address in question into a database. The top offenders section for the State of Oklahoma discovered this by looking at Files of Interest or FOI, P2P software, geographical location or GEO IP database and the internet service provider or ISP.

The evidence downloaded contained explicit child pornography as defined in Oklahoma Statute Title 21-1024.1 and gave the investigator enough probable cause to pursue more information about the identity of the suspect. A Title 18, USC 2703 subpoena was requested from the Jackson County District Court for the subscriber from Cable One Inc. to help find and determine who the suspect was. The request was granted and signed by Judge Brad D. Leverett and then sent to Cable One. Inc. legal division.

The identity information given by Cable One Inc was the accused Steven Foreman of Mallard Court in Altus with the username ssforeman.

The investigator then contacted the Alus Police Department detective division, spoke with a detective captain, explained the investigation to him and asked for assistance with the case. The captain agreed and immediately assigned another APD detective to assist the investigator. The investigator asked the detective to go to the area and find out if the area Wi-Fi was secured and take photos of the residence and neighborhood.

Later the investigator was told that APD researched the subscriber and that he may be involved with the Boy Scouts of America in some way and he is retired from the Air Force and currently worked as a civilian on Altus Air Force Base.

The detective also took photos and tested the Wi-Fi in the area and found no unsecured Wi-Fi connections in the general area of that address. Both agreed that the best time to execute a search warrant on the property as soon as possible would be May 30.

He would have adequate personnel on hand and Foreman would more apt to be home since it was a national holiday.

On May 30, police prepared to search the property. Detectives drove to the judge’s home to get the affidavit and warrant signed, returned to the office to make copies and then drove to the Mallard Court residence in Altus to execute the search warrant.

The warrant was executed without incident.

According to court records, there were three occupants in the home, Steven Foreman, the subscriber and suspect who answered the door, his wife and her mother. All occupants were vacated from the home, while officers searched the home and the family room desktop computer owned by the accused was searched.

At 10:57 a.m., the detailed search of the computer and all peripherals connected to the computer were performed. After reviewed, there were well over 100 pictures depicting child pornography, according to court records.

The detective said now the accused could be charged with illegal possession of child pornography, according to court records.

Foreman was taken into custody and taken to be booked into the Jackson County Jail. An additional program research was done and it bookmarked 19 of the photos of explicit child pornography for the report to use as probable cause, officials said.

According to court records, the evidence seized from the the residence includes multiple laptop computers, tablet computers, a desktop computer, and multiple hard drives including external, internal and portable types, multiple kinds of digital storage media that are capable of containing child pornography. The evidence seized will be taken to a forensic lab for examination. Upon discovery of the any other devices containing child pornography, more charges may be filed against the suspect, officials said.

Foreman was arraigned in Jackson County Court on Thursday and charged with the criminal felony of one count of aggravated possession of child pornography and also of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act in Jackson County.

Leverett set a bond of $500,000 dollars and set Foreman’s preliminary hearing conference is set for 9:30 a.m. July 11.

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By Mary O. Esparza

mesparza@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mary O. Esparza 482-1221 ext 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza 482-1221 ext 2077.

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