Former Texas Youth Minister Now U.S. Marshals’
15 Most Wanted Fugitive
Reward up to $25K for alleged sexual predator who
used position in church to groom young victims
- The manhunt for a former youth minister turned fugitive intensified today as
the U.S. Marshals named him one of the nation’s 15 Most Wanted.
Jeffrey Winston Forrest, 47, is wanted
by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department in Abilene, Texas, for two
counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, bail jumping, and
failure to appear. The U.S. Marshals joined the manhunt for Forrest
after he was charged with fleeing to avoid prosecution.
“The unimaginable crimes allegedly committed by Jeffrey Forrest
make him a significant threat to the public, especially children,”
said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “The U.S.
Marshals will leave no stone unturned until he is behind bars to
In 2015, charges were filed against Forrest when four victims came
forward and accused him of sexually assaulting them. The victims
stated Forrest repeatedly assaulted them from the ages of 8 to 15.
Investigators believe he used his position as a youth minister at
several different churches to gain access and groom his victims. On
April 2, 2015, Forrest was arrested on two counts of aggravated
sexual assault of a child. Following his arrest, Forrest was
released on bond and a trial date was set for Aug. 29, 2016.
Unfortunately, he failed to appear for his trial, and after an
investigation into his disappearance, authorities determined he
never intended to.
“It was discovered Forrest planned to flee to Mexico and obtain a
new identity,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrell Clark of the
Northern District of Texas who is leading the fugitive
While investigators found credible evidence of his travel to
Mexico, his trail has grown cold due to his use and knowledge of the
dark web and communication software such as Tor to mask his digital
Forrest (aka Winston Forest) is a 6-foot white male weighing
approximately 250 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He may be
wearing prescription glasses and needs medication for several
medical conditions. His unique physical characteristics include a
tattoo of a Star Wars symbol on his right leg. Forrest is known to
have a boisterous personality and tends to speak loudly when he
The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to
$25,000 for information leading
directly to his arrest. Anyone with information should notify the
nearest U.S. Marshals Service
office, the agency’s Communications Center at
1-877-WANTED-2, or through a tips
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