5 Browns father pleaded to 3 charges, but could have faced hundreds, report says

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  • snowman Provo, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Gary: That is easier said than done.

  • juni4ling Somewhere in Colorado, CO
    Sept. 7, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Prayers for the brave Brown girls.

    OK, how is his wife still with him? Why is she not being prosecuted?

    His Defense Attorney was his wife's sister, correct?


  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 1:28 p.m.


    "like him" infers that he is different from "us" or 'everyone else'. When he himself was a baby, this was certainly not going through his mind. No one is born a Hitler, they decide to become it.

    I just outlined a problem with asking 'how many more?, but aside from that there is a bigger problem; it distracts from the real problem. The question we should ask is "what things contributed to his actions?". I'd like to know whether he rationalized it to himself that it was okay, or 'not that bad' or if he simply had an addiction and let go of everything else to satisfy it.

    I think that those questions along those lines will help prevent these things from happening. If 90% of the people who commit such crimes are addiction driven and self-justification had little part in it, then focusing on what addictions motivated the choice (like porn, drinking, etc) would be more important. If 90% of the people who commit such crimes are driven by some false rational they tell themselves, then obviously a different approach is necessary.

    The best protection is prevention. Learning more about their decisions is necessary.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    How many more like him are out there?

  • Gary Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 7, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    I have thought the same thing. What did the mother know of it? Anyone know? I find it hard to believe if she were to say she knew nothing about it and still remains with her husband in spite of all this. If she wanted the girls respect, the best thing to do would be to divorce her husband and have nothing to do with him. If she can't, she must be a victim of some sort. This is such a sad terrible thing to see happen to families especially girls with talents who are innocent suffer through something like this. I've seen what this kind of abuse can do to kids. It affects them the rest of their lives even after forgiveness. Not something so easily removed from one that's experienced it.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    To the people on here who are accusing the Deseret News of exploiting the publicity of this story for an extra buck:

    Pat Reavy is the human being who published this. What motivation may have existed is something that none of us can really know. However, I would guess that their motivation for publishing this is similar to my motivation for reading it. I simply want to know. Also, the Deseret News doesn't publish names when people don't want their names in the news. If it can't be helped because the public is already watching the individual like a hawk, then we can only blame ourselves.

    So let's turn this away from accusing the Deseret News of foul play, and appropriately address why people are concerned with this.

    I am interested for these reasons.

    1- The more we understand the mentality of those who would put a child in danger, the better we can prevent it from happening.

    2- The less we know about what's happening in society, the courts, etc. the less informed we are, which in turn makes us less able to make wise decisions- whether in public policy or our family decisions or anything else.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    I'd still like to know how much the mother knew and when did she know it. That is a legitimate question.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 7, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    Some find fault in DN telling this story, for the parent that might have a light go on for them. Maybe they have a child they are dropping off for lessons alone with an adult. Probably 99 out of 100 are just fine, but if that one child's parents takes precaution, then this article will serve a purpose. Parents and teachers both need to be wise and not leave a child alone with them, this will protect the child and the teacher from false accusations. I am sure that the parents that Mr Brown was going to teach their children, were trilled to have this famed father teach their children and they could see how wonderful the girls are, little did they know.

  • OKWalker Duncan, OK
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    I concur with Eliot. The crime of child abuse is far more serious and has much deeper impacts on the lives of the innocent victims than most people can begin to realize. Hence, pointing out the extent of the abuse in this article is both appropriate and should serve as a severe warning to those tempted to abuse.

    It is only because my wife and I adopted a 16 year old son who had suffered extreme emotional and psychological abuse that we learned (the hard way) just how devastating such has on the mental and emotional well-being of children. In some cases, overcoming such trauma takes a lifetime. Along the way, anger explodes, tears are shed, doubts are magnified and the victims struggle to cope with any and all emotions (including love), not to mention reality.

    Yes, healing can come. And yes, forgiveness can come. But the depths of darkness and depravity of the crime and sin of abuse should not be underestimated.

    Again, hats off to the DN for underscoring this very visible case of child abuse. Moreover, prayers and eternal gratitude should be expressed by all of us for the courage of the Brown sisters.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    Guaranteed their are others being abused right now. Whomever has information on it then it is time to come forward.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    The daughters kept this secret private for several years before reporting the crimes to police in order to avoid future potential victims. I am grateful for their courage and I am grateful to the Deseret News for tactfully reporting the extent of the crimes that were committed by this man. It is important that we are aware that these crimes occur and that we must protect our children from such predators, even when they are respectable members of our community.

  • goitalone w bountiful, ut
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    Would prefer to see "consecutive" instead of "concurrent" sentences. His abuse was both concurrent and consecutive.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    @Hunt 3:23

    My thoughts exactly. Not sure how this new information benefits the general public since Mr. Brown has already pled guilty and is already behind bars.

    While I have no children of my own, I have nieces and nephews who range in age from 21 down to only a few months old, and as I've watched them grow up and experience life, I find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to understand why someone would take advantage of an innocent child this way, especially one's very own child. It's simply beyond disgusting.

  • SME Kearns, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    A horrible crime for which there is no excuse. The victims of these crimes are affected for the rest of their lives.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    Glad he's behind bars, thats where he belongs.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Sept. 7, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    What a dreadful thing for any father to do to his children. He should be truly ashamed of himself. What a courageous thing for these young ladies to come forward, and possibly save other innocent young women from abuse by this man.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    "While the Deseret News does not typically identify victims of sex crimes, the Brown daughters have publicly acknowledged the abuse."

    Other than trying to increase your profits through tabloid style headlines, what was the purpose of this article? I'm sure the Browns are ecstatic that the Dnews is trying to drum up details on what type of abuse went on in their family.