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Preview: Meet Charles Farrar, serving life for sex crime that never happened (VIDEO)

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Charles Farrar is serving a 145-year prison sentence at the Sterling Correctional Facility after being found guilty on 22 counts of sexual abuse against his teenaged step-daughter, Sacha Bruce.

Except he didn't do any of it.

His accuser, Sacha, has admitted that she lied about the pattern of bizarre abuse she claimed to have suffered at the hands of her stepfather and mother, Debbie. Her mother was never tried -- Sacha refused to testify against her -- and Sacha recanted her story about Farrar after his trial. As I point out in the story, which goes online tomorrow afternoon and hits newsstands Thursday morning, she began to regret what she'd done almost immediately.

So why is Farrar still in prison nine years later, when there's no evidence against him? The disturbing answer has to do with the way child sex assault cases are prosecuted in places like Arapahoe County -- with minimal investigation, by authorities predisposed to "believe the children" and suspend skepticism about even the wildest claims.

Farrar's ordeal is explored in depth in tomorrow's feature Here's a clip of an interview conducted with Farrar a few weeks ago. In this excerpt, he recalls the day he was arrested, his children were removed and put in foster care, and his entire life got blown apart:

Read the full story at westword.com/news on Wednesday.


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Guest
Guest

After reading this article, and watching the video.The lack of evidence and the reacurring atempt to recant her story (Sacha) leaves me appalled at are legal system. Not only have they lost their integity, they have forgotten one of the main rules of the legal system it's called (Due Process of Law)!! FOR GOD SAKES, SOMEONE HELP THIS MAN!!

anndzagan
anndzagan

After reading this article, and watching the video.The lack of evidence and the reacurring atempt to recant her story (Sacha) leaves me appalled at are legal system. Not only have they lost their integity, they have forgotten one of the main rules of the legal system it's called (Due Process of Law)!! FOR GOD SAKES, SOMEONE HELP THIS MAN!!

Nita
Nita

As someone who unfortunately had a front row seat to this case , I can say this story for the most part is right on for accuracy.  On one occasion after I objected in court to the completely fabricated story one of the case workers (who incidentally I was told was a nude dancer at night) was telling, I was  shoved by said case worker in the hall of the court house and told to keep quiet.. I am elderly as well as disabled but the only thing that mattered to them was furthering their careers.  If you look at the current positions of the prosecutors, etc. you can easily see what their agenda was in pushing this case forward.  They have received their reward  .And Leopold  thought it more heinous to besmirch the integrity of his colleagues than to make fabricated accusations that sent a potentially innocent man to prison for 145 years....!!???  That is the wisdom that sits on the bench in judgement of the rest of us??  Perhaps we will never know for sure the whole story, but shouldn't the people whose job it was to find out, investigate to find out the real truth?  I hate to say it, but justice no longer exists in this country and corruption seems to be the name of the game.

Guest
Guest

Wow. Is this a news story or an editorial by a "journalist"? Given this kind of objectivity going in, I have no doubt tomorrow's piece will be fair and include all the information, not just the information that supports Alan's obvious bias. 

Vsfarrar
Vsfarrar

This is my uncle...I've been watching his boy grow with out him these past years. It has been hard but they're good boys today.

Tina
Tina

This is my brother, he has gone through hell.  Missing his children grow, grand babies be born, and the death of our father.  This has been hard on all of us.  I thank Alan Prendergast for writing this story.

Sparky Baby
Sparky Baby

I feel so much For my loves...i hope that their father comes home!! when he does i am cooking a huge home cooked meal for them and i m going to make sure that they all are happy FOREVER!! I love love a lot and they are such good boys that they deserve to be happy!!MUAH!! MUCH LOVE FOR ALL OF THEM!! <3 <3

Tommy Romero
Tommy Romero

I would like to tell everyone at westword that you do a great job bringing stories to the table as well as follow through. I am anxious to see the rest of the story. Keep up the good work

Michael S.
Michael S.

Wow, is that a comment on a news story, or just trolling by a "Guest"?  Given this kind of skepticism, I have no doubt that the next comment by "Guest" will be a well-thought out response to the actual story being reported, and not just a knee-jerk reaction by some anonymous schmuck.

Tina
Tina

Thanks Val for posting I love you, lets hope this helps!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Much appreciated, Tommy. Alan Prendergast's feature article will be online tomorrow. Watch for it, and thanks.

Guest
Guest

Thanks for weighing in, Alan.

Michael S.
Michael S.

I'm not the one hiding behind a pseudonym, 'Guest'.  Nice projection, though.

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