Timothy Charles Farler

Judge sentences offender to 30 months for turning boy into ‘sex object’

Timothy Farler leaves Supreme Court in November 2007 after his sentencing hearing was adjourned. (ERIC WYNNE / Staff)

A Dartmouth man has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy who he took under his wing in the 1980s.

Justice Arthur LeBlanc said Timothy Charles Farler, 54, plied the boy with alcohol until he was intoxicated and started out by touching him before proceeding over time to masturbation and oral sex.

“There is no question (the victim) was in many ways subservient,” LeBlanc said.

The judge pointed out that the teen came from a poor financial background and that Farler bought him gifts and alcohol and eventually allowed the boy to live with him rent free.

“I am of the view that (the victim) became a sex object of Mr. Farler,” Leblanc said.

“He invaded the privacy and sexual sanctity of a young person.”

The teen left Farler’s home in 1989 but returned a couple of years later, although there was more sex.

LeBlanc gave Farler six months credit for the 85 days he had previously spent in jail. He had been convicted in 2003 of charges involving five boys and sentenced to six years in prison but he successfully appealed that conviction.

The Crown proceeded on charges involving three of the boys at retrial but only gained convictions involving one of the teens.

Farler has continued to proclaim his innocence, testifying that the victim was of age when they had consensual sex.

The victim testified at trial that the sex was never consensual but was too embarrassed to say anything about it until years later.

In sentencing testimony last week, Dr. Hy Boom, a forensic psychiatrist hired by the defence, said Farler is at a low risk to commit a similar crime and would be a suitable candidate for group therapy in the community.

Under cross-examination, Bloom admitted having concerns that Farler hasn’t accepted responsibility for his actions and still blames the victim for his predicament.

“One thing that is missing in this case is Mr. Farler’s recognition at a deeper level . . . of the reality of his situation,” Bloom said. “He’s convicted of having sexually offended against a minor.”

Defence lawyer Brian Church had asked the court for a conditional sentence to be served in the community.

Later, outside court, Church said Farler had been hoping for the conditional sentence but sexual assaults “cry out for denunciation and deterrence” to be considered in sentencing.

Church said his understanding from Farler is that he intends to appeal the conviction and sentence.

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