The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

The sen­tence means Forbes will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for six years.

At the time of the in­ci­dent, Forbes was 22 years old and the girl was 15, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony.

“Based on ev­ery­thing I heard, I do be­lieve you need to do some time be­hind bars,” Judge Todd D. Eisen­berg ad­dressed Forbes, adding Forbes is pro­hib­ited from hav­ing un­su­per­vised con­tact with mi­nors and must com­plete sex of­fender treat­ment.

Forbes also will have to re­port his ad­dress to state po­lice for 25 years. Forbes must re­port to jail on Dec. 11 to be­gin serv­ing the sen­tence.

“Do you have any idea what you put me through? You had no right to take ad­van­tage of me. I was only 15. You had no right,” the vic­tim choked back tears as she coura­geously con­fronted Forbes in court. “I trusted you. My fam­ily trusted you.”

Forbes, sup­ported in court by his mother and fi­ancée, apol­o­gized for his con­duct.

“I am very sorry. What I did that night was wrong. It was to­tally and com­pletely wrong. I have tried to make my­self a bet­ter per­son,” Forbes told the judge.

Un­der state law, by plead­ing guilty to the in­de­cent as­sault charge, Forbes ad­mit­ted that he had in­de­cent con­tact with some­one less than 16 years of age at a time when he was four or more years older than the vic­tim.

As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ni­cholas Bee­son sought jail time against Forbes, ar­gu­ing Forbes learned noth­ing from pre­vi­ous coun­sel­ing and spend­ing time in a ju­ve­nile fa­cil­ity af­ter he was ad­ju­di­cated delin­quent in 2008 on a charge of in­de­cent as­sault of some­one younger than 13 years old.

“It didn’t work for Mr. Forbes, un­for­tu­nately. He still of­fended af­ter that very se­ri­ous be­hav­ior,” Bee­son ar­gued to the judge. “This de­fen­dant needs to smell the in­side of a jail cell. I think it would help him re­mem­ber there are con­se­quences to his ac­tions.”

Bee­son said the vic­tim con­tin­ues to deal emo­tion­ally with what hap­pened to her.

“He was en­trusted with her se­cu­rity that night. In­stead, he took her to a dark side of the road where he vic­tim­ized her,” Bee­son told the judge.

De­fense lawyer J. David Far­rell sought a pro­ba­tion­ary sen­tence for Forbes.

“He stepped into this court­room and ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions,” Far­rell ar­gued to the judge, adding Forbes is re­morse­ful, is cur­rently work­ing, is at­tend­ing col­lege and is seek­ing men­tal health coun­sel­ing.

Far­rell ar­gued a psy­cho­sex­ual eval­u­a­tor said Forbes could ben­e­fit from out­pa­tient sex of­fender treat­ment and is of a low to mod­er­ate risk of re­cidi­vism.

The judge did make Forbes el­i­gi­ble for the jail’s work re­lease pro­gram dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Forbes be­gan in March 2016, when the girl and her par­ents re­ported the as­sault to Hor­sham po­lice. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined Forbes, who knew the girl’s fam­ily, drove the girl to an event in Philadel­phia on Sept. 13, 2015. Af­ter the event, Forbes re­trieved a bot­tle of whiskey from his apart­ment and drove the girl to a se­cluded camp­ing area off Camp Road in Marl­bor­ough Town­ship where he met two other friends, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

“The vic­tim said they were drink­ing at the camp,” Hor­sham Town­ship De­tec­tive Jef­frey Big­gins wrote in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Af­ter leav­ing the camp area, Forbes parked his ve­hi­cle be­hind a busi­ness off Hor­sham Road where he kissed the girl and had other in­de­cent con­tact with her, de­tec­tives al­leged.

“The vic­tim stated she was too scared to tell him no,” Big­gins al­leged, adding when an­other car drove onto the park­ing lot Forbes drove away and took the girl home.

The ev­i­dence against Forbes also in­cluded a text mes­sage ex­change he had with the girl at a later date in which he said he was “com­pletely sorry” for what oc­curred and that it “was wrong,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Power­ball (Nov. 11): 4-6-16-30-56 Power Ball: 18 Power Play: 2 Mega Mil­lions (Nov. 10): 6-23-38-42-58 Mega Ball: 24 Me­gaplier: 2 Pick 6 (Nov. 13): 13-14-17-21-32-38 Xtra: 3 Cash 4 Life (Nov. 9): 3-12-30-39-60 On­line: Check out the lot­tery Mas­ter’s blog HTTPS://KARL­SLOT­TERY­BLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM

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