“Actress Mia Farrow’s younger brother, John Charles Villers-Farrow, entered an Alford plea to two counts of child abuse on Friday, effectively stopping his trial.
Villers-Farrow, 66, was arrested in November following an investigation into allegations he molested two of his neighbors when they were young boys.
The victims, now in their 20s, came forward in August 2012 and told Anne Arundel County police that Villers-Farrow abused them multiple times from 2000 to 2008. They said the Edgewater, Md., man showed them pornographic movies, and their encounters also included touching and oral sex, NBC Washington reported.
Prosecutors said one of the boys was 9 years old when the abuse started and the other was 8. They said the abuse continued until they were in their teens.
According to the Capital Gazette, Villers-Farrow faced 39 counts of sexual-related offenses.
An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain that he or she is innocent while admitting that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to convict him or her.
The plea halted the trial, which began on Thursday. Villers-Farrow is being held at Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis without bail. He faces up to 10 years in prison and will be sentenced on Sept. 30.”