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.
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