Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Religious Abuse News - 99 Years for Child-Abusing Paedophile Pastor

Jeffrey Winston Forrest, Youth Pastor
99 years for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and jumping bail
Former Abilene youth pastor sentenced to 99 years in prison | KTXS

"Religion provides excuses for people who need excuses!"

This was never truer than in the case of former Abilene youth pastor Jeffrey Forrest, sentenced to 99 years in prison for the aaggravated sexual abuse of two boys, bail jumping and failure to appear. He had fled to Mexico where he was tracked down, arrested and extradited back to Texas in May 2020.

During the trial, multiple witnesses testified that Forrest admitted to the abuse. He allegedly told a good friend and a professional counsellor.
According to reports when he was arrested in 2015, Forrest had been involved "in children and other youth groups at various Abilene area churches and camps".

At the time of his arrest, in April, 2015, police said they were investigating three possible offences against children at the daycare centres where Forrest worked and had received one substantive complaint alleging molestation of a boy in 1983. Forrest then moved into a garage apartment where the boy lived and continued to molest him there. It was not until 2011 that the boy found the courage to tell his father about the abuses. Forrest was said to have confessed to the offences to a counsellor on a sex-offender program.

Forrest was given $100,000 bail and released the same day, but failed to show up for the trial in August, 2016 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was eventually tracked down in Mexico after a $25,000 reward was offerd for information on his whereabouts. He was extradited to Texas and stood trial in April 2021 on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, bail jumping, and failure to appear in court.

Clearly, yet another instance where:

Religion provides excuses for people who need excuses

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