A hearing for former airman and Boy Scout Leader Steven Scott Foreman, 52, of Altus was Monday in Jackson County Court on a child pornography charge.
Foreman was arrested May 30, for aggravated possession of child pornography after a joint investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation or OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children or ICAC Task Force and the Altus Police Department. The initial undercover internet investigation started April 30 in Beckham County.
According to the affidavit, an undercover agent used a peer-to-peer or P2P network and saw through an automated system used by the ICAC that someone had been logged on since April 22, sharing and offering to share images depicting children in sexual poses or engaged in sexual acts.
Officers researched the incident and on April 30, the internet protocol address found was owned by Cable One Inc. A subpoena was requested from Jackson County for the subscriber records from Cable One legal division, to help determine who the suspect was. The identifying information given, belonged to subscriber Steven Foreman of Mallard Court in Altus.
A search warrant for the address was obtained and issued. After a detailed search agents allegedly discovered 1,118 articles of interest, with more than 100 pictures depicting child pornography. The investigator said that was enough evidence to charge the suspect with illegal possession of child pornography.
The evidence seized from the residence included multiple laptop computers, tablet computers, a desktop computer and multiple hard drives including external, internal and portable types, multiple kinds of digital storage media, all capable of containing child pornography. After the completion of the forensic lab examination on the seized items, more charges could be filed.
On June 2, Foreman made his initial appearance in Jackson County in front of Special District Judge Brad Leverett, bond was set at $500,000, and Foreman was ordered to remain in the custody of the Jackson County jail.
On June 22, the defendant appeared in court with his Attorney David Kanehl of Duncan and requested a motion for a bond reduction. Foreman’s bond was lowered to $250,000 with bond conditions:
* No unsupervised contact with children under 18 years of age,
* No possession of any device with internet access,
* No work with Boy Scouts or any other organization that caters to children and
* No possesion of pornography of any kind.
Foreman’s preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 26, at which time witnesses could testify and the judge can decide whether there is enough evidence against the defendant to order a trial.
At the time of his arrest, Foreman was employed in a civilian position at the 97th Security Forces Squadron at Altus Air Force Base.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.