Episode #37: “That’s No Choirgirl” from True’s 15 February 2009 issue.
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That’s No Choirgirl
Robin Forbes, 59, liked to go to the First United Methodist Church of Ocala, Fla., dressed in a “lacy skirt and lacy blouse, white tennis shoes with pink laces, a blonde curly wig and very heavy makeup,” a woman in the congregation testified. “It was uncomfortable because we had gotten to know him in choir rehearsal on Wednesday as a man and on Sunday he appeared as a woman.” Then, prosecutors say, he inappropriately touched three elderly women in the choir. No way, retorted Forbes’ Assistant Public Defender, Darian Wagner: “What Mr. Forbes is guilty of is being an ugly chick.” The jury didn’t go for that defense. Forbes, who has a previous conviction for child molestation, was convicted on three counts of elder assault. Circuit Judge Willard Pope immediately sentenced him to five years in prison, eight years of probation, and two years of community control. (Ocala Star-Banner) …I’m not sure any child molester could actually survive even two weeks of actual “community control.”
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