Police charge Belfast man for alleged sexual assault of 13-year-old

By Ben Holbrook | Aug 11, 2017
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Belfast — A Belfast man is facing a gross sexual assault charge after he allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Christopher G. Farrar, 28, was arrested by Belfast police after the department received a tip from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding explicit messages between two Facebook accounts, one of which belonged to Farrar.

Detective Sgt. Gerry Lincoln of Belfast Police Department said Farrar was communicating with a girl who claimed to be 16 years old on her social media profile. However, police learned the girl was in fact only 13 years old.

Lincoln, who investigated the case, contacted the girl and her parents. While interviewing the girl, she admitted to having a sexual encounter with Farrar. After that interview, Lincoln interviewed Farrar who also allegedly admitted to the sexual encounter.

Even though the relationship between the two was consensual, Lincoln said, because of her age, the girl could not legally give consent to any sexual encounters.

The case is still under investigation and electronic devices owned by the girl and Farrar are being examined by state police. Additional charges could be filed pending the results of those searches, Lincoln said.

Farrar is scheduled to appear in court next month.

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