Norristown, PA — After admitting to indecent contact with a young minor girl while in Lower Merion Township, a 32-year-old man is slated to report to jail this week. A Montgomery County judge approved a plea agreement.
Colin Cornelis Forwood, age 32 of the 3000 block of West Sedgley Avenue, Philadelphia was sentenced to 6-to-23 months of incarceration in the county correctional facility.
Forwood pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and stalking of a young minor girl while in the Villanova section of the Township. Judge William R. Carpenter heard the case and accepted the plea in his Norristown courtroom.
Lower Merion Police received information in early December of 2017 from ChildLIne that the sexual abuse of a minor had been occurring at a Cedar Lane home in the Villanova section of the township. The case was assigned to Detective John Mick of the Lower Merion Police Investigations unit. Mick is a 20 + year veteran of the department.
Forwood may have sexually assaulted the victim while staying in Philadelphia too. According to court documents, the Philadelphia Police department already had an investigation going, and while working together Mick and the Philadelphia Investigators agreed that the case was best handled by the LMPD.
Forwood was provided access to living quarters at the Cedar Lane property where he worked doing odd jobs for over 4 years in Villanova the court documents showed.
The living quarters is where the abuse occurred stated the court documents.
Forwood will also be subject to Pennsylvania's version of Megan’s Law which is the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act. For 15 years he will be required to notify the State Police of his address. That information will be available to the public at the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website, which is a searchable database of offenders.
Forwood, when arrested, was originally charged with four third-degree felonies which included, unlawful sexual contact with a minor, indecent assault to a person less than 13 years old, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children. He was also charged with indecent assault and stalking - repeatedly committing acts to cause fear which are both misdemeanor charges.
To spare the victim from having to relive the horrors of the assault prosecutors negotiated a plea deal with Forwood’s Attorney. TAPinto is not providing details of criminal acts that came out for the protection of the very young victim.
ChildLine is part of the PA Family Support Alliance (PFSA) and provides information, counseling, and referral services for families and children to ensure the safety and well-being of the children of Pennsylvania. The toll-free intake line, 1-800-932-0313, is available 24 hours/7 days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse.
Carpenter ordered Forwood to report to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on March 26 to begin the negotiated sentence.
While serving his sentence, Forwood will be eligible for the work release program.
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