Man arrested for child porn now accused of molesting 4-year-old

Man arrested for child porn now accused of molesting 4-year-old »Play Video
Terry Farr
MONROE, Wash. -- A man who police say looked at child porn in the Monroe Library is now accused of filming himself molesting a 4-year-old girl.

Detectives say 61-year-old Terry Farr rented a room from the alleged victim's family and has been known to babysit the girl and her younger brother.

Farr first showed up on the police department's radar in August when a woman at the Monroe Library said she saw him looking at child pornography on one of the public computers.

She told managing librarian Betsy Lewis, who immediately called the police.

"I am very happy that she reported it," Lewis said. "She did the right thing and I'm very grateful to her for doing that."

When police arrived, they say they found evidence of even more serious crimes involving children.

Farr appeared in Snohomish County court on Thursday via video link. The parents of the alleged victim were also in court to fight his release.

Prosecutors say Farr filmed himself molesting the family's 4-year-old girl and. They asked a judge to set bail high enough to keep him in jail.

"I'm concerned for her and the other children of our community," said prosecutor Toni Montgomery.

During his arrest at the library, police seized a flip camera that Farr had with him. Detectives say they found at least two deleted videos on the camera that showed Farr naked with the 4-year-old girl on his lap.

Police say Farr sometimes babysat the child.

"They trusted Mr. Farr with her care while he watched her a handful of times. They are frightened for her continued well being and safety," Montgomery said.

Prosecutors say other images from the camera appear to show Farr performing sex acts on himself in what looks to be a library or bookstore.

The victim's family say they've known Farr for decades and never suspected he was a pedophile. Although the tapes allegedly only show the 4-year-old, the family is also worried their 1-year-old may have been victimized.

As for Lewis, she's just grateful that the woman at the library initially reported Farr and what she saw on the computer.

"And particularly as a former children's librarian, we want an environment for children and families to come to that is safe," she said.

On Thursday, the judge raised Farr's bail from $2,500 to $250,000.