Local man sentenced on Oregon charges

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SANDPOINT — A registered sex offender awaiting trial in Bonner County for sexual battery of a teen was sentenced Friday to more than 30 years in prison, according to Oregon corrections officials.

A jury in Washington County convicted Michael Henry Forker of six counts of sexual abuse of varying degrees and three counts of sodomy in August.

Forker received three 100-month terms on the sodomy counts and a 75-month term for first-degree sexual abuse, in addition to five 36-month terms for sexual abuse in the second and third degrees. Most of the sentences run consecutively to one another, although several were to run concurrently, resulting in a 411-month term, which works out to be 34 1/4 years. He was also given an unspecified amount of credit for time served while awaiting trial.

Forker, 40, was accused of sexually abusing a homeless teenager in 2002, according to a Beaverton Valley Times news report. Prosecutors argued that Forker preyed on the vulnerable teen after a painful experience coming out as homosexual.

Forker, a Sagle resident, relocated from Idaho to Oregon to carry out the abuse and began volunteering at homeless youth shelter, where he applied to be a residential counselor for teen boys, authorities said.

Forker was awaiting trial in Bonner County on two counts of sexual battery of a child and possession of child pornography, offenses which date back to 2017. The alleged victim, 17, testified at a preliminary hearing that Forker offered to buy him gifts if Forker was allowed to perform sex acts on him, an arrangement which led to two encounters in a Sandpoint office and Forker’s home.

Forker was scheduled to stand trial in 1st District Court last month.

Forker registered as a sex offender in Idaho after he was convicted of 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in Oregon in 2009, according to the state registry.

Keith Kinnaird can be reached by email at kkinnaird@bonnercountydailybee.com and follow him on Twitter @KeithDailyBee.

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