Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) team arrested a man yesterday after executing a search warrant at his residence. James Foerster (59) was arrested after detectives found child pornography in his possession.
Detectives began the investigation in late January after receiving a cyber-tip involving Foerster. Since that time, probable cause for a search warrant of Foerster’s residence was developed. The search warrant was served yesterday morning. During the search, detectives with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Forensics Team, confirmed Foerster currently possessed child sexual abuse material on electronic devices belonging to him. Foerster ultimately provided a confession to detectives.
“People who victimize children are among the worst in our society,” Sheriff Mark Hunter said. “We will do everything possible to hold them accountable and ensure they are brought to justice.”
Other items were seized during the search and will be forensically examined. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending those results. Due to the on-going nature of this investigation, no further information is being released at this time. Foerster was transported and booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility without incident.