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Former IT director for school district arrested for child pornography

CHOCTAW, Okla. – A man who was employed by Choctaw Public Schools was arrested for allegedly downloading child pornography.

Court documents show 49-year-old Forrest Freeman’s home was searched by a task force on Dec. 1.

Freeman, who was the Director of Technology for Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools, was taken into custody after investigators said they found more than 300 child-related pornographic images or videos on his computer.

According to court documents, the images involved young children performing sexual acts.

His arrest sheet shows he was arrested for aggravated possession of child pornography, distributing child pornography and unlawful use of a computer.

“Children are defenseless,” said Jenny Wagnon with Edmond police. “I mean, children are the easiest victims that there are. That’s not fair for a child to be put into this industry, have their entire life affected because these adults, you know, want to have this material.”

The school district released the following statement to parents regarding Freeman’s arrest:

“On Friday, December 1, 2017, law enforcement notified the Choctaw-Nicoma Park administration that Forrest Freeman III (an employee of our school district) was under investigation regarding child pornography. The safety of our students and integrity of our school district is always our top priority, and our district is fully cooperating with the police department in this ongoing investigation. Mr. Freeman was immediately suspended from his position and has since resigned. Mr. Freeman was employed for nineteen years in the district technology department. Mr. Freeman did not have any direct contact or supervision of any students in our district. As per the police, the investigation of Mr. Freeman does not include any school related issues, persons, students, or wrong doing on school property. The investigation of Mr. Freeman only revolves around matters outside of his employment with the school district.”

Freeman is also the son of the Oklahoma County Treasurer, Forrest 'Butch' Freeman.

The father released the following statement:

”I ask all to respect our family’s privacy. My first priority is for my son and his family, whom I dearly love. I ask for your prayers for all concerned. As this is a legal matter involving my son and not me, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment."