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North Pole man sentenced for molesting three daughters

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man has been sentenced to four years in prison after admitting he molested his three daughters over a period of three years.

William M. Farren II, 50, pleaded no contest in April to three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He was charged in March after one of the victims relayed information about it to a counselor, who informed authorities.

Farren molested the girls between 1995 and 1997. One daughter was 16 when the abuse occurred, one was between the ages of 12 and 14 and the third between the ages of 10 and 12.

According to prosecutor Teresa Foster, the girls reported repeated abuse.

Farren was methodical, according to the prosecutor, moving from one girl to the next when one stopped tolerating his actions.

The prosecutor asked Superior Court Judge Richard Savell to hand down a five-year prison sentence.

Defender Bill Satterberg said a lighter sentence was justified because the last offense took place four years ago, Farren voluntarily sought out sex offender treatment, and the family was trying to work things out.

All three daughters as well as Farren's wife were there to support him at the sentencing, the prosecutor noted.

In handing down the sentence, Savell noted that Farren had a supportive family and friends, and showed promise for rehabilitation.

The total sentence was eight years with four suspended. Farren will be required to complete sex offender treatment while he is behind bars.

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