County DA won't charge former West Linn doctor accused of abusing over 120 patients
This story has been updated from its original version.
The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office has declined to press charges against the former West Linn doctor accused of sexually abusing over 120 women and girls.
Prosecutors from District Attorney John Wentworth's office informed alleged victims of the decision not to prosecute doctor David Farley Friday, Sept. 2.
The West Linn Police Department began investigating Farley not long after a handful of victims announced in October 2020 that they were suing Farley for abusing them under the guise of medical care at West Linn Family Health Clinic, Legacy Meridian Park Hospital and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. Within the next year and a half, the number of victims who came forward with stories of abuse by Farley swelled to over 120, many of them children.
In a statement to Pamplin Media Group, the district attorney's office said a grand jury had heard evidence of Farley's abuse for the past five months, including testimony from 41 witnesses, but decided prosecutors could not prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
"The grand jury's conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to prove the elements of these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt was not an indication that the victims who testified were not believed," the statement read. "Ultimately, the grand jury's determination was made after a careful and thorough consideration of all the facts, circumstances, testimony and medical records, and its conclusion was based solely on an assessment of the viability of criminal prosecution under current Oregon law."
The DA's office declined to specify what charges Farley faced, citing grand jury secrecy statutes.
"This is unfortunate. These victims deserve their day in court and they deserve accountability. Watching this perpetrator walk is a slap in their faces and a gut punch," said attorney Tom D'Amore.
D'Amore is representing many of the victims, along with attorney John Manly, in a $570 million lawsuit against Farley and the medical institutions where the abuse allegedly took place. D'Amore said the civil case against Farley would continue.
According to the lawsuit, Farley grotesquely abused more than 120 patients, many of them underage, for more than two decades. Most of the alleged abuse took place at the family health center in West Linn, which Farley founded in 1993.
D'Amore mentioned it was still possible for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon to step in to pursue criminal accountability of Farley.
Farley moved to Idaho not long after quietly retiring from West Linn Family Health Center in 2020 as the Oregon Medical Board investigated reports of misconduct by the doctor.
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