Investigation Discovery’s ‘In Pursuit With John Walsh Captured: No Escape’ narrates how a confidential tip to the show hotline assisted law enforcement catch serial child abuser Jeffrey Forrest in May 2020 from Jalisco, Mexico. Jeffrey had thwarted the authorities for nearly 4 years after being accused of molesting kids while working as a young people pastor in Abilene, Texas, during the 90s.
Who is Jeffrey Forrest?
Jeffrey “Jeff” Winston Forrest was utilized as a daycare professional at the Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas, in 1993. He was a youth preacher and was involved in lots of church features, working with numerous Texan youth groups. He was a good friend of Don Steele, whose boy, Johnathan “Blake” Steele, attended Jeff’s daycare program.
In March 1998, Jeff wed Jennifer Newton, whom he had fulfilled at the church, as well as was searching for an area to live with his brand-new bride. He relocated with the Steeles, that had a garage apartment to save just behind their residence. The couple had 3 youngsters in their 16 years of marriage, and also Don claimed on the demonstrate how his household believed they had the perfect lessees in the good-natured Forrests.
When sexual harassment complaints developed versus Jeff in 1998, investigatives called Don to seek his permission in talking to Blake considering that he went to the exact same day care with the victim. However, Dan declined to permit the policemans to ask concerns and backed Jeff. Based on police records, the sexual harassment accusations against Jeff were eventually gone down, and also his family members remained to reside in Steeles’ garage house.
It was not until 2011 that Don familiarized about Jeff molesting his child, which started when he was just six years old as well as continued till he was in eighth or seventh quality. According to court statement, Jennifer admitted to recognizing Jeff molested Blake when he informed her regarding it in September 2011. Jeff had actually also declared that he was abused as a child, when he had to do with 8-9, by a cousin.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Winston Forrest and Jennifer Newton
The couple had actually had three children by then, and also she felt thoughtful towards her crying partner as well as did not report the criminal activity to the authorities then. She additionally affirmed that Jeff had confessed to her over time concerning molesting 2 more children in Abilene, Texas. The couple relocated to Little Elm in 2014 when Jennifer declared separation and also sought sole custodianship of their youngsters, restricting Jeff to only supervised brows through. She had actually additionally gotten her oldest child taken a look at for sexual assault, that brought about Child Protective Services (CPS) obtaining informed.
Jeff had actually asserted that he never abused any of his youngsters, and it was substantiated by the examination accomplished by CPS. Jeff had to go through danger analysis meetings with a licensed therapist, who would indicate in the trial regarding just how Jeff had admitted to abusing a child in Abilene during his two therapy sessions. The specialist would further testify that Jeff revealed no sorrow for his criminal offense. The Little Elm authorities were duly notified, as well as a warrant was issued for exacerbated sexual assault against Jeff.
Where is Jeffrey Forrest Today?
As Jeff’s arrest hit the information, Blake and also 2 victims came forward with their accounts. Jeff never showed up as well as thwarted legislation enforcement for virtually 4 years.
In June 2019, the United States Marshals issued a warrant versus Jeff for illegal trip to avoid prosecution, and also he was featured as one of their 15 Most Wanted fugitives by April 2020. As per authorities reports, Jeff had proficiency concerning innovation as well as was utilizing it to conceal his electronic impact and thwart legislation enforcement.
He was held in the Taylor County Jail on a $3 million bond and a federal hold till his trial went Sunday in April 2021. Blake and also two various other victims affirmed versus him, as did Jeff’s ex-wife and his specialist. He was found guilty on 2 charges of worsened sexual offense of a child and also was sentenced to 99 years and also a $10,000 fine for each and every conviction to run simultaneously. Based on main court records, he is serving his sentence at the J. Dale Wainwright Unit in Houston County, Texas, and also will not be qualified for parole before March 2050.