John Charles Villiers-Farrow, the brother of actress Mia Farrow, was arrested this morning in Maryland in a child sex abuse investigation that was prompted by claims going back to 2000.
NBC Washington says:
Villiers-Farrow, 66, was arrested after an investigation that began when two men came forward in August 2012. At the time, Anne Arundel County Police had recently received information that several children were sexually abused in the Edgewater area.
The men told police that they were victims of sexual abuse from 2000 until 2008, when they were between nine years old and 16. They described Villiers-Farrow as a neighbor.
Farrow is charged with second and third-degree sex offenses, along with two counts of perverted practice, two counts of second-degree child abuse
Villiers-Farrow has been charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses, two counts of perverted practice, two counts of second-degree child abuse, several counts of sex abuse of a minor, and two counts of second-degree assault. He is being held on an $800,000 bond.
The case is being handled by Detective Josh Williams.
Villiers-Farrow made himself a public figure during the 1992 scandal involving his sister, Mia, and her then-husband Woody Allen. Filmmaker Allen had been conducting an affair with the couple's adopted daughter Soon-Yi. Villiers-Farrow told People Magazine at the time that Allen:
is going to be indicted, and he's going to be ruined. I think when all of it comes out, he's going to go to jail."
Back then, People described John as "a sometime screenwriter and boat salesman outside Annapolis, Md." Later on the Baltimore Sun said that Farrow was, " co-owner of Chesapeake Catamaran Center in Annapolis, though that business has since been sold."
Coming a movie family, Villiers-Farrow had acted in some films that were made by his father, John Farrow, when he was in his teens. His mother was Irish star Maureen O'Sullivan.
His sister is well known as the star of Rosemary's Baby, a string of Woody Allen movies from the eighties, as well as her marriage to the director, and her marriage to Frank Sinatra.