Forest man sentenced on sex charge

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By Tom Wilmoth

In all likelihood, Allen Lee Ford of Forest, a decorated marine combat veteran, will spend most, if not all, of the rest of his life in jail.

    Ford, who turns 63 next month, was sentenced Friday to four years, five months in jail on one conviction of aggravated sexual battery in Bedford County Circuit Court. But he’s facing similar charges in other jurisdictions and once those are finalized, his sentence will be considerably more, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz.
    “I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” stated Ford prior to being handed down his sentence by Judge James Updike at Friday’s hearing.
    Updike sentenced Ford to 10 years in prison with five years, seven months of that suspended. Should he get out of prison, he would have to have five years of supervised probation.
    In March Ford entered a no contest plea to the charge of fondling a boy under the age of 13 in 1999 in Bedford County. According to Krantz, Ford came forward and  admitted to that charge along with other charges in another jurisdiction.
    Krantz said Ford had been “very forthcoming” with investigators, adding that he was also contrite. A circuit court Web site shoåws Ford is facing five felony charges in Hanover County including aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13, two charges of sodomy of a child under the age of 13 and two non-forcible sodomy charges. Those charges involve incidents from 1992, 1995 and 1996. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges in October and could receive a sentence between 15 to 25 years on those. In all there were five victims.
    Krantz said Ford admitted his responsibility to the charges after a victim in Hanover County came forward. The incident in Bedford County involved a child who lived in Ford’s neighborhood at the time of the offense. Ford was working as an assistant manager of a department store in Lynchburg in 1999, Krantz stated.