PROVO, Utah — The distraught father of The 5 Browns musical group pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children in a deal that will send him to prison for at least 10 years.
With scratches and bruises on his face from a crash in which his Porsche plunged 300 feet into a canyon, Keith Brown, 55, entered his plea to three felony counts in Fourth District Court.”
“He is terribly remorseful for what has happened and for what he has put his family through,” defense attorney Steven Shapiro said after the hearing. “He recognizes that this is the next step in the long road to trying to accept responsibility for something terrible that he did a long time ago.”
Ah yes, child sexual abusers, and those who protect or defend them, always make sure that everyone knows that ”what they did was a long time ago.’
1. Most child sexual predators have many other victims that never come forth.
2. What ‘they did a long time ago’ is still being lived inside the mind and body of their victims. Rape, sodomy, and incest often inflict life-long problems in the victim, and often do not show up in full-force until the victim is in their thirties or forties. The Brown girls might look fine on the outside, much like Jaycee Lee Dugard did when she was first rescued from 18 years of rape and kidnapping, but unless the girls have truly worked on themselves in some kind of deep therapy, they are still affected and will be always be affected by their father’s betrayal, and being sodomized by him. And where was their mother when the sexual assaults were happening? Same old story I suppose.
“His response to the judge when asked for his plea on each charge was a barely audible, “guilty.”
“Brown chose to enter the plea to bring a quick resolution to the case and did not want to “exacerbate the harm” by dragging out the proceedings, Shapiro said. Utah County prosecutors charged Brown with one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child.”
“Shapiro couldn’t say exactly when Brown first spoke to police, but said the father first went to his Mormon church leader to confess. Sturgill wouldn’t comment further on the remarks.”
Under the plea deal, Brown faces at least ten years in prison. Prior to the plea bargain, he faced life in prison on the first-degree felony and up to 15 years each on the second-degree felonies.
None of the victims were in court on Thursday, but have stated that they are satisfied with the plea agreement.
With the exception of the guilty pleas, Brown did not speak in court. He remains free on bail until his sentencing March 31. Prosecutors say they do not consider him a threat.
Not a threat? This is a man who, shortly after being charged with these crimes, consciously or subconsciously plunged his car 300 feet into a canyon. The crash hospitalized himself and his wife, the mother of the girls he sexually abused.
A man who sodomized his own children is not a threat?
I hope his children are under protection. This man has the psychology of someone who is capable of extreme violence.