Judge Orders 1987 Sex Abuse Case Ready For July Retrial | WAMC

Judge Orders 1987 Sex Abuse Case Ready For July Retrial

Feb 3, 2020

In a long-delayed case, a judge ordered that a former New York police detective accused of sexually assaulting a girl at his vacation home in Vermont be ready for a retrial in July.

Leonard Forte was charged with felony sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Vermont in 1987. He was convicted in 1988 but a judge ordered a new trial saying the prosecutor had been too emotional.

The case was further delayed after Forte, who now lives in LaBelle, Florida, said a terminal illness prevented him from traveling.

The July 1 date ordered by the judge is tentative and will be discussed at an April 1 hearing.

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