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83-year-old faces child sex charges

Posted August 17, 2010

— An 83-year-old man was arrested Monday on charges that he inappropriately touched an 8-year-old, authorities said Tuesday.

Gordon Earl Farron, of 128 Shadywood Court in West End, was charged with indecent liberties with a child, sexual battery and assault on a child under 12. He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

Moore County Sheriff Lane Carter said in a statement that his office received a report on July 7 alleging the inappropriate activity occurred outside the West End area.


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  • gormom Aug 18, 2010

    First, let me say he is 83 years old. He might be on medication that alters his thinking/reasoning skills. He might be dealing with Alzheimer/Dementia. When i met him several years ago he was a wonderful, kind man. I feel for both families, the 8 year old and the 83 year old.

  • Rebelyell Aug 17, 2010

    I think there should be a fictitious crime similar to this made up and whatever these fine comment writers put in print, should happen to them. That would be a great movie, right? After all, you don't know anything happened, you just read the print and react, so if someone reacted equally to your hate, that would be justified, right?

  • EricaSliver Aug 17, 2010

    awful!!! This man is sick! The poor child will be haunted by this for a long time.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 17, 2010

    "Many sex offenders who prey on young children have otherwise clean criminal records and seem to fit well into their communities. That is a part of why they are so dangerous. Many escape detection for years, and some no doubt are never found out. The shocking thing in this story is not the man's age but the fact that, if guilty, he could possibly have been getting away with this kind of thing for decades."

    You said it best. Some go to their graves without being caught or reported.

  • mshood7 Aug 17, 2010

    Can't really make a comment on this one. I don't trust the news media these days to always get a story right. I always want to know ...THE REST OF THE STORY! I think crimes against children are henious of any kind. Our laws have to be adusted to fit the crime. Too much of this is happening especially with the breakdown of the traditional family. It makes me sick.

  • IAMAmerican Aug 17, 2010

    I wouldn't think he could be...............well you know at 83. Sick old man!!!!

  • twc Aug 17, 2010

    Wonder if this guy is a deacon? Humans ... I'll never figure them out!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 17, 2010

    RB, if this guy had a baggie of a naturally-growing weed in his pocket, his bail would have been $1 million.

    (there was a story here on WRAL a couple of months ago where this happened, but I couldn't find the link.)

    I guess our priorities are to let the violent criminals & child molesters plea bargain and make parole, so we have more jail space for weed smokers. Wow.

  • Adelinthe Aug 17, 2010

    "He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond."

    Not enough.

    Crimes against children should never have less than $1 million bond.

    Low bonds just release them to harm again while awaiting legal proceedings which is absurd because it places children in danger again.

    Praying for the child.

    God bless.


  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 17, 2010

    tamelarobinette, I think dazrite's point is that these crimes often have no physical evidence and merely rely on the word of the child.

    This fact is even made fun of in some comedy movies where the bratty child character threatens to scream and feign molestation if s/he doesn't get what s/he wants.