ZAPOPAN, Jalisco (KTAB/KRBC) — Mexican authorities arrested a former Abilene youth minister and one of the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted on Friday afternoon near Guadalajara.
Jeffrey Winston Forrest, 47, was arrested after his location was confirmed in the municipality of Zapopan, in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Jalisco State Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez said, “The subject was located in a drive-through store in Zapopan, Jalisco after his presence and identity were confirmed with the existing alert in the U.S.A. from some years ago.”
One of the identifying traits that led to his identification was a “Star Wars” tattoo.
Forrest is accused of child sex abuse in Abilene during the 1990s. While living in Abilene, he was employed at several different churches, including Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.
In 2015, charges were filed against Forrest when four accusers came forward and alleged that Forrest repeatedly sexually assaulted from the ages of 8 to 15.
Forrest was recently feature on the Investigation Discovery channel.
The letter from Jalisco’s State Attorney General reads as follows (translated):
Jeffrey “N”, a former youth minister in Texas and who was in the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted was arrested Friday afternoon by members of the State Attorney’s Office, Zapopan Police Department, and the National Institute of Immigration (INM).
The subject was located in a drive-through store in Zapopan, Jalisco after his presence and identity were confirmed with the existing alert in the U.S.A. from some years ago.
Jeffrey “N” was a youth minister in various churches and used his position to commit diverse counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
He was arrested in April 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.
According to the investigations in the USA, Jeffrey “N” had planned to hide in Mexico and having knowledge of software technology such as web pages he was able to deceive the authorities.
Once the corresponding legal proceedings are done in Mexico, Forrest will be extradited to the U.S. That’s expected to happen within 24 hours.
Journalist Héctor Xkamylla contributed to this article.
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