Colorado's tough sex offender laws are supposed to keep predators under tight supervision. But a series of lawsuits claim that the system is violating even minor offenders' rights to free speech and association, prohibiting contact with family members -- and, in one particularly bizarre case, telli ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Richard Koca, who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a homeless-youth charity, pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of sexual assault on a child. However, prosecutors say they have a recording of Koca confessing. We've got details about the allegations and Koca's co-creation, which has now s ... More >>
Since we first wrote about the arrest on child-sex-assault charges of Richard Koca, who founded StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit devoted to helping homeless youth (see our original coverage below), Aurora police have released more info about this shocking turn. Meanwhile, a StandUp For Kids statement i ... More >>
Tara Perry.Tara Perry, the subject of this week's cover story, "The Girl Who Fell to Earth," has made a remarkable turnaround since she was first incarcerated thirteen years ago, at the age of sixteen. Corrections staff, teachers and others view her as a model of rehabilitation, one who's tri ... More >>
This arrives a little late for Valentine's Day, but Louie Lucero has an unusual approach to romance that's bound to send any female into orbit -- and probably to the hospital. The southwest Colorado man, who has a history of domestic violence cases and is currently on trial for assault and false i ... More >>
Charles Farrar. "My options are narrowing," says Charles Farrar, phoning from the Sterling Correctional Facility. And so they are. Farrar has just learned that his handwritten appeal of his 145-year sentence for child sexual abuse -- a series of crimes that his accuser now insists never hap ... More >>
Darrell Havens.A federal judge has ruled that Darrell Havens can proceed with his lawsuit against the Arvada police officer who shot him during a car-theft sting operation in 2007, leaving him a quadriplegic. The decision has Havens' attorneys poised to conduct a fresh investigation of the c ... More >>
FlickrOne of the most basic principles of the American legal system is the guarantee that what you tell the attorney representing you is confidential and can't be disclosed without your permission. That's an absolute. Unless, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled this week, you happen to be a vuln ... More >>
The phrase "international incident" understates the controversy that erupted in Pakistan this past January after Raymond Davis, subsequently revealed to be a CIA employee, killed two men in what he insisted was self-defense. Now, a story closer to home drags Davis back into the spotlight: He's been ... More >>
Nine years into a 145-year sentence for sexual abuse -- a crime that his alleged victim insists never happened -- Charles Farrar has now filed what may be his last, best hope for freedom. It's a handwritten request for an appointed lawyer and a new hearing, based on claims of inadequate representat ... More >>
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 is ... More >>
Farrar.In a feature article and multiple blog posts, Alan Prendergast has explored the story of Charles Farrar, who remains in jail on sex crime charges based on allegations his stepdaughter has now recanted. The case leaves one reader with more questions.
Judging from the emotionally charged online comments in response to this week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," many Westword readers are baffled, outraged and just plain frustrated about the bizarre and tragic case of Charles Farrar -- a man who's still serving a 145-year sentence for sexually ... More >>
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 ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," examines the devastating, long-term impact of a false report of sexual abuse made by a fifteen-year-old Aurora girl -- allegations against her mother and stepfather that were aggressively prosecuted despite the lack of any supporting evidence and plen ... More >>
Video below.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.