ANother weak judge
Now forgetting that the guy is a church elder (no religious comments please) the fact that another dumb@ss judge in Massachusetts let a suspected child molester go with a woefully inadequate bail just ticks me off.
This guy (age 49) is alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a 15 year old boy. He gets caught and the pathetic judge lets him go on $5,000 bail and a monitoring bracelet.
Incredibly sad considering that in the past month several repeatedly convicted child rapists and child molesters as well as other sexual offenders have been let off or out of jail with minimal sentences in this state I cannot believe that these freaking judges do this. Blows my feeble little mind.
Once again, I cannot wait to get the hell out of this state to a place where there is actually some common sense in the judicial process.
Nevermind the fact that this guy is a teacher. Un-freaking-believable.
Sex with teen alleged
Teacher faces 7 counts
By Gary V. Murray TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
WORCESTER— A Seven Hills Charter Public School music teacher and elder at a city church has admitted carrying on a five-month sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy, according to authorities.
The boy is not a student at the school, which yesterday told the teacher he was barred from school grounds.
Tyrone D. Forbes, 49, of 84 Chatham St., Apt. 2, was arrested after he and the boy were found together about 1:30 a.m. yesterday in a pickup truck in the parking lot of Bennett Field on Main Street, police said.
Upon seeing Officer Robert Molinari’s cruiser, Mr. Forbes began to drive off, but was stopped a short distance away, according to the Police Department’s spokesman, Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst.
Officers interviewed the 15-year-old after Mr. Forbes gave Officer Molinari conflicting reasons for being in the closed parking lot with the boy, and both agreed to meet with Detective Donna Brissette of the special crimes unit at police headquarters, Sgt. Hazelhurst said. Charges were lodged against Mr. Forbes as a result of those interviews.
Mr. Forbes was arraigned yesterday on seven counts of statutory rape. The sexual assaults allegedly occurred on various dates from Nov. 2 to March 31 in Worcester.
Police said Mr. Forbes is an acquaintance of the teenager’s family.
At the request of Assistant District Attorney Joseph J. Reilly III, Judge Paul L. McGill set Mr. Forbes’ bail at $5,000 cash and made GPS monitoring a condition of release in the event bail was posted. The judge also ordered Mr. Forbes to have no contact with the alleged victim, identified by police as a friend of Mr. Forbes’ family.
Mr. Reilly said the 15-year-old had known Mr. Forbes for several years and that the suspect had acted as a “mentor” for the boy. The prosecutor said their relationship turned sexual in nature in November.
Mr. Reilly told the court that Mr. Forbes was involved with the Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ and that church members acquired information that led them to question Mr. Forbes’ relationship with the teenager. Police said Mr. Forbes is an elder at the Wellington Street church.
The prosecutor said another of the church elders suggested to the alleged victim that he have no further contact with Mr. Forbes, advice he said the boy apparently followed for a time.
Mr. Reilly told Judge McGill Mr. Forbes admitted under questioning by police that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old.
His lawyer, E. Jeffrey Newcombe, said Mr. Forbes was an active member of Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ who had been serving as pastor of a fledgling sister church in Nashua, N.H., at the request of his bishop.
A woman who answered the telephone at Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ yesterday said Mr. Forbes had been a member of the church, but that she did not know the name of the church in New Hampshire at which he was reportedly serving as pastor. Bishop Robert L. Webbs, pastor of Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ, was not available for comment.
Mr. Newcombe, who was appointed to represent Mr. Forbes for his arraignment, said his client did not object to GPS monitoring, but wished to be released on personal recognizance without being required to post bail.
Mr. Reilly conceded that Mr. Forbes had strong ties to the community, but said $5,000 cash bail was needed because the strength of the prosecution’s case might otherwise make him a risk to flee.
A statement issued by the school said Mr. Forbes had been placed on leave and instructed not to return to school grounds.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Brunilda Rivera, a parent of a Seven Hills student in one of Mr. Forbes’ music classes. “It’s not cool. It’s nasty.” Ms. Rivera said a friend called her on her cell phone to tell her about the arrest as she was on her way to pick up her son. Her son, Juan Cartagena, is a fifth-grader who has attended the school since kindergarten, Ms. Rivera said.
“He was a good teacher,” the boy said as he left the Gage Street School with his mother yesterday afternoon.
Seven Hills Charter Superintendent Krista Piazza didn’t return a call yesterday, but the school issued a statement on the events.
“At this time there is no evidence that the teacher was engaging in the alleged behavior at our school,” the statement reads. “Seven Hills is nonetheless fully committed to ensuring the safety and security of our student body and has immediately launched an internal investigation to ensure that this incident was an isolated one.”
A Seven Hills annual report from the 2004-2005 school year listed Mr. Forbes as a highly qualified teacher with, at the time, three years on the charter school’s faculty and seven years’ experience as a teacher.
Thomas Caywood of the Telegram & Gazette staff contributed to this report
The purpose of bail is to ensure the defendant's appearance at his legal proceedings. Bail is not punitive. The judge can impose certain restrictions on the defendant's movements. But a highbail cannot be imposed simply to make sure the defendant cannot get out of jail. As much as we may not like it, at the time bail is set, there is a presumption-at least in the court's eyes-that the defendant is innocent of the crime he is accused of.
I have to agree with George here. Although I am not fully "up" on legal proceedings, it is my observations that bail limits are set according to how the Court views the actions of the defendant. A seemingly low bail amount is on the presumption that the defendant will in fact make the appropriate court appearances as determimed by the court. A higher bail amount suggests that the defendant may be something of a risk, as far as failing to appear when so ordered.
In this particular case, the defendant is (was?) a religious elder, so presumably he will do the "honourable thing" and make his court appearances, and the court feels that he will do so. Hence only 5k bail is set.
I anticipate that if my interpretations are not correct, someone will "edgeumicate" me? :o
Also, with a monitoring bracelet, they can keep up with his whereabouts, and set up zones around places he shouldn't be (i.e. Church, Schools, the victims house, etc.) and law enforcement will get a notification right away if he violates any of those zones. (This is if they use a GPS monitoring system.)
I am not asking for bail to be set at an exhorbitant rate - but you have a man that is a teacher ....... A POSITION OF TRUST when he repeatedly had sex with an under age person. We are not talking an 18 year old having sex with their 16 year old girlfried we are talking a 49 year old man allegedly commiting statutory rape. This is not some guy who just stole a car.......this is allegedly rape. This is not a person who just sold an ounce of pot on the street corner........this is allegedly rape.
As for the GPS bracelets.......Massachusetts has a ridiculously pathetic history of its parolees not being monitored even thought they are mandated to do so. Notorious lack of monitoring on weekends has allowed additional crimes to occur. Documented cases of Mondays with parole officers and monitoring officers finding dozens of cases where a person who was to be monitored had violated rules and in some cases where they were taking days to track them down because no one was monitoring the bracelet when they were removed.
Excuse if I care about a bunch of judges who while passing judgements and sentences - are also expected to protect the public.
I am frustrated with a state that has a notoriously lenient judiciary towards sex offenders. We have had judges who have released people with time served when caught in the act by police while holding a screwdriver the head of a young boy (I believe 13 or so) while forcing him to give oral sex. This is standard fare in our judges in this state and I posted out of frustration.
And I could not care that this guy is a church elder. Big, fat, hairy deal. He is charge with raping - on multiple occasions - a 15 year old boy. Excuse me if that upsets me.
I think that the aggravated sexual assault of a child upsets us all. My post addressed your "woefully inadequate bail " comment. It's a legal fact. I didn't say I liked it.
Originally Posted by DaSharkie
Unfortunately, it probably makes a difference to the judge if he is a church elder. One of the tests for bail is whether the defendant has ties to the community. Something like this proves that he does, in fact, have ties to the community. It would go in his favor when addressing a reasonable bail.
I also agree 100% with your feelings on GPS bracelets. There are many ways to beat it. In NJ, bail will often include restrictions that the defendant may not have contact with victims or witnesses, may not return to a place of employment for any reason and may not be in the company of minors. Those restrictions are very effective as they allow the PD to make an immediate arrest if the defendant is in violation of bail restrictions.