A Sterling man was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended for sexually assaulting his daughter.
In addition to the 40 years imposed by Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke McCahill, Shiloh Forrest is currently serving a 320-month federal sentence for manufacturing child pornography. The two sentences will run consecutively.
Over a period of two years, from Aug. 11, 2009 to Aug. 22, 2011, prosecutors said Forrest forced his daughter to perform sexual acts on him. He videotaped the acts with his cellphone. The video was discovered during a federal investigation of Forrest's possession of child pornography.
“The Virginia legislature provides judges with a wide range of sentencing options in crimes such as this,” McCahill said. “I thought very seriously about what type of case called for a five-year sentence and what type of case warranted a life sentence."
"I cannot imagine a case worse than a father sexually abusing his 5-year-old daughter,” McCahill concluded.
Forrest pleaded guilty in the case in January. The victim's mother also pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of child cruelty in relation to the case.
Forrest will be required to register as a sex offender. However, he will likely spend the remainder of his life incarcerated.