5 Browns Dad Gets 10 Years To Life for Sexually Abusing Daughters

Entertainment Mar. 31, 2011 AT 4:37PM
5 Browns Dad Gets 10 Years To Life for Sexually Abusing Daughters Credit: George Frey/Landov

Keith Brown was sentenced Thursday to 10 years to life in prison for sexually abusing his three daughters -- Desirae, Deondra and Melody -- when they were children, the AP reports.

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The 55-year-old patriarch of The 5 Browns family piano performance group pleaded guilty in February to one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child. Salt Lake City Judge David Mortenson ordered him to serve 10 years to life in prison on the felony count, and one to 15 on the other two; both sentences will run concurrently.

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As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, the Judge told Brown, "I think it's obvious a home should be a refuge and a safe place, and that a parent should be a protector."

Judge Mortenson added that he believed Brown was a "pedophile" and a danger to society, but granted him a lighter sentence "through the consent of your victims."

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After reportedly learning their father planned to mentor other children in their music careers, the now-grown daughters reported the sexual abuse they endured as children in the late '80s and and early '90s to authorities. The girls' brothers, Gregory and Ryan, round out the successful 5 Browns group.

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