By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun
2:55 PM EST, November 15, 2012
Two men told Anne Arundel County police that they were sexually abused as children by a man from their Edgewater community, John Charles Villers-Farrow, police said.
Villers-Farrow, 66, surrendered to police Wednesday night. An Anne Arundel County judge reduced his bail, which was initially $800,000, to $250,000 Thursday morning.
He is facing 14 counts that include sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice and child abuse that cover the years between 2000 and 2008 when the two men were between the ages of eight and their early teens, according to the statement of charges. Charging documents allege that the incidents took place at Villers-Farrow's home, some when Villers-Farrow was showing pornographic videos.
In court, Villers-Farrow's lawyer said the men who made the allegations have asked his client for money as recently as August, and that his client could not afford the initial bail amount. Outside of court, he said his client is not guilty of the charges.
The Sun is not identifying the alleged victims due to the nature of the charges. The documents allege that the boys were in Villers-Farrow's home with their parents' permission.
According to the charging documents, one of the men said Villers-Farrow showed him and the other boy pornographic videos about a dozen times before he began regularly molesting them over a period of five to six years.
The other told police the sexual abuse began in between 2000 and continued until between 2007 and 2008, and that in the beginning the other boy was there, but then it occurred when the other boy was not with him and Villers-Farrow, according to the charging documents. The documents also allege that Villers-Farrow showed him photos in which Villers-Farrow was having sex.
Police said they had received information in August that several children had been sexually abused by a person in the Edgewater area, and they issued a warrant for Villers-Farrow last Thursday. Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said there may be additional victims and asked that anyone with additional information or anyone who may have also been a victim should contact Detective Josh Williams of the Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-3484
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