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15-year-old Sacha's tale of sexual abuse in Charles Farrar case: Do you believe her? (VIDEO)

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This week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," tracks the nightmare journey of Charles Farrar, serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison for sexually assaulting his 15-year-old stepdaughter, Sacha -- even though his alleged victim came forward after trial and admitted that she'd fabricated the accusations so she could go live with her grandparents.

There was no physical evidence in the case against Farrar, just Sacha's testimony. But the jury clearly believed most of her shocking story of being subjected to four years of sexual abuse by Farrar and her own mother. And Aurora police and Arapahoe County social service workers apparently believed it, too, doing little additional investigation and ignoring the contradictions and inconsistencies in Sacha's account.

In fact, Sacha was only formally questioned twice before Farrar was put on trial on dozens of counts of sexual assault -- the day she made the allegations to police, and a week later in a "forensic interview" at SunGate, a child advocacy center. The latter session lasted about an hour, with the first ten minutes consumed with ice-breaking chitchat.

The video below is an excerpt from that March 2000 interview, during which a nervous Sacha (note the constant hand movement) gave a graphic, if somewhat jumbled, rendition of the abuse she supposedly endured. In this segment, she's asked what should happen to Farrar -- the possibility that he'd be put away for 145 years doesn't seem to have occurred to her --and what should happen to girls who make up stories.

Can anyone tell from a troubled adolescent girl's demeanor if she's telling the truth or not? Should her word be enough to send a man to prison for life? See for yourself.

More video related to this story: "Charles Farrar on being denied new trial despite victim recanting in sex abuse case (VIDEO)"



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derbis
derbis

She's obviously lying

Shame on the DA, shame on the judge, shame on the interviewer, and shame on the jury.

Tralalalala
Tralalalala

Just want to point out that in this clip, she isn't saying she wants him to go to jail.  She is saying she wants him get help. Anyone who knows anything about perpetrator/victim dynamics knows that the relationship isn't all bad. There are alot of grooming behaviors that make the relationship pleasant.  Many children will recant once they are in a place where the feel safe from abuse.  They love their parents regardless of the relationships.  Even if the abuse didn't happen, there are obvious issues within the family.  Children don't make sex abuse allegations for no reason. I think the percentage of sex abuse allegations made to all of social services is less than 1%.   This goes way beyond a child being selfish.  There are deeper seeded issues.

AVIDREADER
AVIDREADER

Goes to show just how our judicial system works. convicting innocent men of crimes based off a lie a young girl says to get her way in life.

Onewyotrucker
Onewyotrucker

this little selfish snotnose needs to be in jail

Karen
Karen

Hi I am in the UK - is this legal to show an underage witness interview?

Anon
Anon

as someone who was sexually assualted as a child, and someone who later was FALSELY accused of rape.(PROVEN).

Your an idiot.

Aalaniva36
Aalaniva36

what a selfish little bitch.  she's robbed a man of his entire LIFE while she goes and is probably on her cell phone right now texting her friends LOL and OMG.  wtf

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