was a Mormon church member and scout leader in Utah; sentenced to one year in prison for sexually abusing one of his scouts

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06/15/06 Orem, Utah

Gary Wade Brown, “42, pleaded guilty in June to four counts of sexual abuse of a
child and sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree felonies, and one count of lewdness
involving a child”. Seven additional charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Brown faced one to 15 years in prison for his crimes The sexual abuse took place

between 2005 and 2006.” “The boy was 12 years old “A friend of Sheri Brown, (wife of

Gary) read a statement from her to the judge. She wrote that Brown had an affair early in
their marriage with another man, and he has never shown an interest in changing or
remorse. Over the years, Wade’s behaviors have gone from being morally wrong to
obviously illegal.” “Sheri Brown wrote that her husband betrayed the entire family with his
actions and asked that he be incarcerated. One day, his prison doors will open, she said,
but his victim’s prison doors may not.” Brown was not incarcerated and “Brown’s attorney,
Shelden Carter, said he was happy Brown did not receive prison time. Though Brown’s
crimes were atrocious, he said, he also is a good man. “There’s a lot of nice things to say
about Wade,” he said.” Former Orem Boy Scout leader sentenced in child sex abuse case
Janice Peterson – Daily Herald Aug 18, 2009

“Brown, 42, was sentenced to a year in jail Monday morning as a result of pleading guilty to
four felonies of sexual abuse of a child and one charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The abuse happened at Brown’s house in Orem, in his car and during Scout outings,
sometimes with other boys or leaders just feet away, the boy’s stepfather said. “

Ex-Scout leader gets jail for sexual abuse By Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Deseret News

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Case information sources

  1. Former Orem Boy Scout leader sentenced in child sex abuse case
    view source details | 18 Aug 2009 | Daily Herald
  2. Ex-Scout leader gets jail for sexual abuse
    view source details | 17 Aug 2009 | Deseret News
  3. Offender Profile Gary Wade Brown
    view source details | 6 Apr 2024 | Offender Radar

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