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Boy Scouts speak out after chairman's arrest

Steven Foreman (Source Altus Police Department) Steven Foreman (Source Altus Police Department)

SAYRE, OK (KSWO) -More details have come to light as a former airman and Boy Scout chairman was arrested after being caught with child pornography.

Steven Foreman, 52, was arrested Monday after police executed a search warrant and found several images of child pornography on Foreman's computers and hard drives.

Deputy Jeff Kessel of Beckham County had been working an undercover investigation since the end of April, until recently when they intercepted disturbing images coming from a personal computer at Foreman's home.

"It's going to be a hefty sentence if he's convicted," Kessel said.

The arrest was made after a joint investigation between the Altus Police Department and Kessel, who is representing OSBI's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Foreman is being held at the Jackson County Jail while awaiting his formal arraignment in Jackson County District Court.

A concerned father of a Boy Scout says the safety of the children is the most important thing to them, and getting Foreman behind bars gives the Boys Scouts organization and parents peace knowing this is behind them.

"I was very concerned. I know a lot of parents around here were concerned and shocked to hear that cause you usually don't expect it from people you know and interact with," said Adrian King, whose young son is Boy Scout.

King, who is the leader of Troop 265, has been involved with the Boy Scouts for six years. In those six years, he's only interacted with Foreman at district meetings, but he says he still didn't expect this.

"I was very surprised…and disappointed," King said.

King says the Boy Scouts always follows guidelines when hiring a chairman or anyone that will be around the children, specifically for cases like this.

"They're required to complete a training regarding child abuse and various things like that," King explained.

Foreman never interacted with the kids or went on camping trips with King's troop, but he says he still won't let his guard down. 

"The safety of the kids is the highest priority, and so any behavior like that won't be tolerated," King said.

The Boy Scouts of America released a statement saying they removed Foreman from the program.

“This behavior is unacceptable and runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of these allegations we took immediate action to remove this individual from Scouting and precluded him from any further participation in our programs. The safety of our youth members is of paramount importance and we seek to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education on the subject, the chartered organization leader selection process, criminal background and other checks, policies and procedures to serve as barriers to abuse and the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse.”

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