Texas Millionaire Hit With 11 Counts of Child Molestation

Stanley Marsh 3 faces 20 years in prison
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Texas Millionaire Hit With 11 Counts of Child Molestation
Amarillo's famous Cadillac Ranch, by Stanley Marsh 3.   (AP Photo)

Texas millionaire and eccentric artist Stanley Marsh 3 has been charged with 11 felony counts of child molestation. Police sought the 74-year-old, whose claim to fame is his "Cadillac Ranch" display along a Texas interstate, following a series of lawsuits saying he paid 10 teens to perform sex acts. Marsh turned himself in after a warrant accused him of molesting two teen boys over three days in 2010, the AP reports. A grand jury could hear the charges within weeks. "This is the beginning of the process," says a prosecutor.

Attorneys for Marsh said his accusers are taking advantage of a major stroke Marsh suffered last year, aiming "to become multimillionaires" with the help of personal injury lawyers. "Stanley Marsh 3 is not guilty of the group's allegations, and will fight as vigorously as his declining health permits," his lawyers said. Marsh is currently out on three $100,000 bonds, a lawyer tells the Amarillo Globe-News. He faces six counts of child sex abuse and five of sexual performance by a child; the charges could put him in prison for up to 20 years, with $10,000 fines on each count. (Read more Stanley Marsh 3 stories.)

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