By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun
6:54 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
Edgewater resident John Charles Villers-Farrow was sentenced Monday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two boys from his neighborhood over a period of several years.
"These were not one-time offenses," Judge Laura S. Kiessling said. "This was crime after crime. This was day after day. This was month after month. This was year after year."
Villers-Farrow, 67, was charged last year with multiple counts of sexual abuse and other charges. In July, he entered an Alford plea to two counts of sexual assault of a minor. That plea allowed him to acknowledge there was enough evidence for conviction while not admitting guilt.
Two boys approached police in August 2012 to report sexual abuse at the hands of Villers-Farrow, according to charging documents. The boys told police the abuse started when they were about 10 years old and lasted for several years, ending in 2007 or 2008 when they reached their mid-teens.
The Baltimore Sun does not name victims of sexual assault.
Charging documents allege Villers-Farrow abused the boys together and alone, showing them pornographic movies and performing oral sex on them.
Deputy State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers said Villers-Farrow represented "every parent's worst nightmare." She said the boys' parents trusted him and allowed them to stay over at his home.
Villers-Farrow told the judge he felt regret and wanted to apologize to the victims, the court and his family. "This is absolutely the worst thing I've ever done," he said.
He asked to be ordered to treatment and home confinement, and described being beaten and harassed in jail while awaiting sentencing.
Kiessling said Villers-Farrow seemed to fail to grasp the consequences of his actions and was more focused on how he was suffering. She said he told psychological evaluators he felt "weird and uncomfortable" during the abuse, not because he was harming children but because he was being unfaithful to his wife.
"He sees himself as the victim in this case," she said.
Kiessling sentenced Villers-Farrow to 25 years in prison for each charge, with all but 10 years suspended. The sentences will run concurrently. Once released, he will be on probation for five years, must register as a sex offender and must stay away from children.
The father of one of the boys said in an interview his son, now 21, is "very damaged" by the abuse and didn't want to come to court because he didn't want to see Villers-Farrow again.
Villers-Farrow's wife, Sandra Hall, who wrote a 27-page letter to the court supporting her husband, was ordered to leave the courtroom during Monday's proceedings by a sheriff's deputy. She had bowed her head, rocked her body and whispered throughout much of the proceedings.
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