Investigators seek possible victims of child abuse suspect

May 9, 2014 

Forest Gibson.

Forest Reuben Gibson, 33, was arrested April 28 by the Canyon County Sheriff's Office for alleged sexual abuse of a minor ages 16 or 17. The sheriff's office announced the arrest Friday, noting that investigators worry there could be more victims in Canyon County and other nearby areas.

Anyone with information about possible victims or abuse is asked to contact Canyon County Detective Shawn Becker at 454-7261 or

Details of the allegations against Gibson are sparse. Friday's announcement noted that the Payette County Prosecutor's Office is involved and described Gibson as a "local church youth leader." But Payette County's ties to the case were not spelled out, and it wasn't clear if the alleged abuse involved a member of Gibson's church.

Reached Friday afternoon, Becker told the Statesman he could not provide any more details on the case due to the ongoing investigation.

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