Mia Farrow's brother faces 10 years in jail

Actress Mia Farrow.
Actress Mia Farrow.

Actress Mia Farrow's younger brother is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sex abuse charges, despite maintaining he's innocent.

John Charles Villers-Farrow, 66, was arrested last November amid allegations he sexually abused two of his young neighbours between 2000 and 2008.

A trial into the case began at Maryland's Annapolis court last Thursday however it was halted on Friday after Villers-Farrow entered the Alford plea, which allows a defendant to maintain innocence while acknowledging that authorities have sufficient evidence to convict.

He decided to enter the plea to reduce the time he would spend behind bars, which, if found guilty of all charges, could have been up to 50 years.

Judge Laura S Kiessling revoked Villers-Farrow's bail and remanded him in custody until he is sentenced in September.

- WENN

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