Former Texas youth pastor Jeffrey Winston Forrest had been on the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted list for the last two months, following his flight abroad when he didn’t show up for his 2016 trial on two counts of sexual assault of a child.
Acting on a tip from someone who’d spotted Forrest at a Walmart in the Zapopan area last month (after the pastor’s case was featured on In Pursuit With Adam Walsh), Mexican authorities arrested him on Friday.
Forrest, now 48, is already back in Texas, and this time he can’t just elect to not show up for his trial, according to Abilene’s KTSX, an ABC affiliate,
His bond was set at $3 million dollars. There is also a federal hold which means he wouldn’t be released even if Forrest came up the bond money. …
According to a source, someone shopping at Walmart in Zapopan recognized Forrest and took video and several photos of him. They even captured the Star Wars Rebel Alliance tattoo on his right ankle.
The photos and video eventually made their way to U.S. Marshals. Marshals said Forrest’s capture is a “direct result of information that was developed from a tip that was provided to In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery after the show profiled the case. Forrest was featured in the Season 2 premiere — titled American Nightmare — which first aired on Jan. 15.
I just watched that episode and all its skeevy details. Forrest allegedly abused the same boy many times over, including at least once when, seated at a table during a social gathering, he pulled the child on his lap and rubbed the boy’s genitals despite all the others being present.
Unbeknownst to Forrest’s wife, the minister also filmed himself having sex with her, and used that video to try to arouse the boy, who Forrest knew wasn’t sexually interested in men.
In the TV program, the victim says that Forrest had hard drives full of child porn, and that the minister video-recorded him in sexual acts that may have ended up on the dark web.
Forrest is suspected of having sexually assaulted other children as well.
Why such a man was even allowed to remain out on bail for the original trial is unclear to me. I’m sure Christian privilege wouldn’t have anything to do with it.
(Bottom screenshot via KTXS)