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Chambersburg man convicted of sex assaults

Brown likely to spend life in prison for molesting eight girls

Brown likely to spend life in prison for molesting eight girls

May 16, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday on multiple charges of sexual assault against eight girls.

A jury of nine men and three women deliberated two hours before convicting Willie H. Brown on charges of molesting eight girls over a period of several years.

Brown, 60, of 219 Hackberry Drive, was convicted of two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, two counts of attempted aggravated indecent assault of a child, six counts of indecent assault by course of conduct and eight counts of corruption of minors.

Brown will undergo an assessment by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine if he will be designated a sexually violent predator, a process that can take 90 days. Judge John R. Walker scheduled his sentencing for Aug. 20.

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Brown faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years on the involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and attempted aggravated indecent assault charges, meaning he likely will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Chambersburg Police Department charged Brown in May 2007 with molesting girls between the ages of 7 and 14. All eight testified Tuesday, with two sisters testifying they performed sexual acts with Brown.

One girl testified that Brown offered her money for sex, but she refused. Others said they smoked marijuana and drank alcohol at his house.

Brown testified Wednesday that he had not touched any of the girls and that he had no knowledge of pornographic images on his computer or a photograph of a naked woman all of the girls testified that he kept in his home.

Brown's credibility came into question when he volunteered during testimony that he never had been arrested. On cross-examination, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove asked Brown about his 1994 arrest in Florida on a criminal homicide charge and three other convictions in Florida and Georgia.

The criminal homicide charge later was dismissed, but Brown insisted he had not been arrested for that or any other criminal charges.

Assistant Public Defender Steve Necaster pointed to inconsistencies in the victims' testimonies and that police had no DNA or physical evidence of molestation. While there was pornography on Brown's computer, Necaster said it is not unlawful for an adult to possess it, and police could not determine who accessed a pornographic Web site 213 times between December 2006 and May 2007.

The police search warrant for the apartment listed Polaroid photographs of girls, but none were found, Necaster said. Testimony by some of the victims of the assaults failed to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.

Sulcove said inconsistencies in testimony were expected in that some girls were recalling events from several years ago. Their testimony did not need corroboration if the jury found it believable, she said.

Brown had a "heads up" that his arrest was imminent, and had time to dispose of evidence such as photos, Sulcove said.

As for Brown's testimony, "apparently everyone who came into contact with him in his life ... has tried to frame him," Sulcove said.

Some of the victims broke down crying during closing arguments and again when the verdict was announced.

"They're my heroes. They stood up for themselves and each other," the mother of a victim said. The woman said the girls were coming over to her house that evening to mark the end of the trial.

"We're going to have some very happy little girls running around our house," she said.

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