California man pleads guilty to sexually exploiting minor, possessing child pornography after traveling to Ohio to engage in sex acts with a 14-year-old
DAYTON – William Foreman, 71, of Kettering, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison for possessing child pornography.
Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.
According to court documents, the case stemmed from a child exploitation investigation in the United Kingdom that included emails with a subject named “Bill.” In the communication, “Bill” – later identified as Foreman – discussed his attraction to young children and his access to them through his business. Investigators discovered Foreman had been certified/licensed to teach in the state of Ohio since 1975. Specifically, the records indicated he was certified to teach handicapped children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
It was discovered that Foreman’s username was associated with several websites that contained stories of child erotica, including more than 70 stories authored by Foreman and posted as early as 1998.
While visiting Foreman’s home, the defendant told investigators he was a teacher with Dayton Public Schools and currently tutored special needs students at hospitals or in their homes.
Upon executing forensic analysis of Foreman’s computer and memory cards, investigators discovered multiple pornographic pictures and videos of young girls approximately seven to 11 years old.
“Possession of child pornography is a real crime that harms real children,” Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “The facts of this case are all the more egregious because they involve a school teacher spending his private time watching the rape of school-aged children.”
“The facts of this case are particularly troubling given the defendant’s career choice and ready access to children,” said Miller. "Cases like these only heighten our resolve to seek out predators, especially those in positions of trust, to ensure they are held accountable."
Foreman pleaded guilty on November 30, 2015 to one count of possession of child pornography.
Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by HSI, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Sheila G. Lafferty, who is representing the United States in this case.