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Charles Farrar: Judge refuses to reduce sentence in sex-abuse case despite recantation

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Charles Farrar.
Charles Farrar is serving what amounts to a life sentence for sexual assault on a child -- even though his accuser, his stepdaughter Sacha, came forward months after the verdict and admitted to fabricating her elaborate story about years of sexual abuse.

And that situation isn't going to change any time soon.

Days after our cover story on the Farrar case attracted widespread attention, Arapahoe District Judge Valeria Spencer ruled on Farrar's motion for reconsideration of his sentence, which was filed in her court nearly two years ago. Spencer denied the request, stating that Sacha's 2003 recantation failed to meet the standard of "exceptional, unusual, and extenuating circumstances" that would warrant a reduction in the hundred-plus years Farrar is required to serve for his conviction on 22 counts of sexual abuse.

Farrar had previously sought to have his conviction overturned, based on the "new evidence" of the recantation. His attorneys argued that, since the prosecution's case consisted largely of Sacha's testimony -- there was no evidence to support her account of having endured years of sexual abuse by Farrar and her own mother, and little indication that investigators had even bothered to interview other potential witnesses -- her claims were invalidated when she later admitted to committing perjury and concocting the allegations in order to go live with her grandparents.

The trial judge, John Leopold, denied that motion shortly before his retirement; in 2009 the Colorado Supreme Court upheld Leopold's ruling 4-3. Farrar's attorneys then sought to have his sentence trimmed, based on the recantation and his exemplary prison record. But Judge Spencer followed Leopold's reasoning that state law requires courts to regard all recantations of sexual abuse claims with suspicion because of the presumed pressure on victims by other family members to "make things right."

As for Farrar's conduct in prison, Spencer noted that Farrar maintains his innocence -- which, in the Orwellian world of sex offender treatment programs, makes him a poor candidate for early release. "He still contends that he has been wrongfully convicted," Spencer wrote. "As such, the Defendant does not express any remorse or accept any responsibility... if the Defendant maintains this position, he would not be and could not be successful in the sex offender intensive supervised probation because the Defendant would be required to admit to the sexual abuse he denies."

Mark Walta, Farrar's attorney, says he and his client will review the ruling and discuss their options. "The upshot is that Sacha's word was good enough to convict Charles, but it's not good enough to free him," he says.

See video excerpts of Farrar and his accuser in previous Latest Word posts here and here.


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Lawlezz
Lawlezz

I would agree that at bare-minimum he should receive a re-trial based on the fact that her testimony mainly got him convicted. We dont know and will never know the full details of what really happened but due to the circumstances of this case it does deserve to be re-tried and let a judge decide the difference between fact and fiction here....he could very well be a disgusting rapist/ molestor or a wrongly convicted man...the criminal justice system is not flawless and peole lie everyday.

Brien McDonough
Brien McDonough

Sorry you were abused but that has absolutely ZERO bearing on this case. Without the child's testimony, the case would have been tossed. Not one friend of hers, relative, ANYBODY could support her story in fact it was widely belived she was making it up from the beginning. She is 26 now and for 8 YEARS she has been saying she made it up. She even goes into detail about how she BSed CPS and the prosecutors from day 1. Do a little research on this particular case (like read the whole piece linked early in the article), this guy is doing life solely based on the admitted lies of a child.

Opswbp
Opswbp

This is insane, typical judicial misconduct. what a shame. And all this because some girl got pissed off concocted a shabby story. Men, beware, this too could happen to you.

Guest
Guest

so no one thinks that maybe she was pressured to recant?

Badtastic
Badtastic

Fuck this. Someone shoot the bitch judge. Taking away years of a man's life when he did nothing wrong....let's arrest the judge and charge her for kidnapping.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Seize Spencer and Leopold and remand them to the custody of the DOC until the end of their days.

guest
guest

being someone who knows this family and knows about this case first hand, she was not pressured to recant. she was bribed to. and she did hope her new truck is glossy enough to gloss over the facts 

Emmie
Emmie

there was no evidence in the trial, it was mostly her testimony that put him away.

Guest
Guest

take it from someone who was sexually abused for many many yrs..then made to "beg the court for daddy to come home" or face the hammer my mother weilded..i don't believe she recanted...i don't see her interviewed here do you?

Guest
Guest

i meant on this thread..it seems kind of biased towards the pedophile rapist

Ryan S
Ryan S

take it from someone who didn't go through all those things.  your personal tragedy has nothing to do with the facts of this case.  she recanted.  she admits to perjuring herself.  his trial outcome was due in large part to that perjured testimony.  at worst he should be re-tried.

"kimbev69".....did you choose that name because of your past abuse, too?

Guest
Guest

then why didn't the judge buy it..and it was "mostly" her testimony so there was obviously other things that convicted him

dragonfly81
dragonfly81

You're assuming he is a pedophile rapist.  The girl could have just been lying.  It's been known to happen.

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