was an LDS church member; father of five famous piano playing children; pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children; sentenced to a minimum of ten years and up-to-life in prison

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Keith Brown “pleaded guilty to sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony, and two
counts of sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. The charges against him were
only filed last week.

Shapiro said his client first went to his LDS bishop to confess the abuse. But prosecutor

David Sturgill said it was the daughters who first reported the abuse to police.

In a statement released late Thursday, a spokesman for the 5 Brown said the daughters
initiated the case against their father. “The women were motivated to approach law
enforcement out of concern for the welfare and protection of other young women and girls,”
Kimball Thomson said.

He said the daughters are “at peace” with the agreement and “relieved and grateful to close
this chapter in their lives.”

The sodomy charge stemmed from oral sex incidents that occurred between November

1990 and October 1992, according to prosecutors. Since the crimes occurred in the early
’90s, Brown can only be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years to life in prison because of
the law 20 years ago. If this incident had occurred today, Brown would be facing 25 years to
life in prison, Sturgill said.”

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Case information sources

  1. Father of The 5 Browns pleads guilty to sexually abusing his daughters
    view source details | 17 Feb 2011 | KSL
  2. Actual abuse of 5 Browns daughters went far beyond charges
    view source details | 6 Sep 2011 | Salt Lake Tribune

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