The police chief of the Washington, D.C., suburb of Seat Pleasant was arrested yesterday on federal charges of enticing a minor to have sex and of producing pornographic photos of the youth, the Washington Post says.
Ronald C. Forrest, 39, has headed the city’s force since 1998. The charges include enticement of a minor to travel across state lines to engage in sexual activity and interstate transportation of a minor for purposes of producing a sexually explicit image.
An affidavit filed in court said the chief had an album with pornographic photos of the youth. The affidavit said that an informant for the FBI said she believed Forrest met the youth through a junior police program. The affidavit said the youth is now 15 but was 12 or 13 when the photos were taken.
Eugene Kennedy, mayor of Seat Pleasant, a working-class town of 5,000, expressed shock: “Who knows? He was a highly recognized chief in the area. . . . He was doing a fantastic job as police chief.”
Forrest was described as a straight-talking chief who did not tolerate lax performance. “He’s been doing a great job bringing crime down. I’m just as shocked as everyone else to hear this,” said Reveral Yeargin, a member of the Seat Pleasant City Council. “I just don’t see something like this in his character.”