Forrest pled guilty to producing child pornography on May 24, 2012. According to court documents, Forrest sent images and videos from his child pornography collection to an undercover U.S. Postal Inspector in December 2010 in an attempt to exchange them for new videos.
In June 2011, numerous computers were seized from Forrestâ€™s residence. A September 2011 computer forensics examination revealed that Forrest had used a cellular telephone to record himself engaging in sexual acts with a prepubescent child in his Sterling, Va., apartment and also at an Ocean City, Md., hotel in the summer of 2010. Law enforcement also recovered at least 600 additional videos of child pornography on his computer devices.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Loudoun County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen C. Cain of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U. S. Department of Justiceâ€™s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.