Ex-probation chief must register as sex offender 

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The former San Mateo County probation chief who claimed he bought child pornography to do research for his job will have to register as a sex offender after he is sentenced in September.

Stuart James Forrest, 61, was found guilty of two counts of possession of child pornography Friday, according to Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office.

Forrest will be sentenced Sept. 20 and remains out of custody on $100,000 bail, Gledhill said. He will be required to register as a sex offender as part of his sentencing.

The former probation chief was arrested in December after being named in a complaint by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service that alleged he possessed hundreds of images of child pornography on his personal computer.

Forrest testified that he had collected the images and videos for the purpose of policy decisions and research into the rise in human trafficking. When interviewed by police, Forrest had denied using his credit card to order videos of exploited young boys through Azov Films for delivery to his Tracy home.

In court, he said he had denied the allegations because he was "shocked" that he was the target of an investigation, and acknowledged that he had ordered the film, but said it was for research into probation policy.

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