When the Flagler County school district issued free Macbook Air laptops to all high school students this fall, one of the many questions about the initiative was how the district would protect itself–or students–from the misuse of the computers, or protect the laptops from theft. Sunday morning, a 15-year-old girl used her computer to protect herself: she used the Macbook’s built-in video recorder to capture footage of an alleged sexual assault by a 22-year-old man.
Keith Foreman III, an R-Section resident, is in jail this morning on $11,000 bond, on charges of lewd and lascivious battery and marijuana possession.
Victim and alleged offender are well known to each other: they appear to live in the same house. According to Foreman’s arrest report, Foreman asked the girl if she wanted to have a hit of pot at around 4:50 Sunday morning. The girl agreed. She followed him to the “kids’ living room,” as the secondary living room is referred to in their house. They sat on the couch with the lights off and smoked. She suspected the pot was laced with another drug, she later told cops.
Foreman then leaned in, according to the report, and attempted to kiss her. She pulled away. She said Foreman then touched and grabbed at her breasts and attempted to touch her vaginal area, to no avail. The girl’s little brother, asleep in a nearby room, had a cough, startling Foreman. The girl used the opportunity to “remove herself from the situation and retreat to her bedroom,” the report states, where she closed the door, changed in “Florida Gators Snuggies” and underwear, and activated the video camera on her school-district issued Macbook Air.
Foreman, the report states, then entered her bedroom and sat next to her on the bed. He tried to find a song to play on the laptop that was, unbeknownst to him, videotaping him. He then allegedly tried again to kiss the girl and fondle her breasts, her stomach and her vaginal area. The girl would remove his hand with every attempt. Foreman then left her bedroom.
Later that morning the girl turned over the video to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, noting that the alleged abuse had been taking place for three to four months, but that it had always been over clothes and never entailed sexual intercourse.
There does not appear to be a family relationship between the suspect and the victim, a Sheriff’s spokesman clarified.
Foreman was later read his Miranda rights and interviewed by cops at the R-Section house. (His statement is redacted from the arrest report, as self-incriminating statements usually are when issued by the Sheriff’s Office.) Cops also searched him, finding small amounts of marijuana and a metal pipe. He was then placed under arrest and taken to the county jail. Lewd or lascivious battery on a person younger than 16, by a person older than 18, is a second-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, if the individual is convicted.