Father of music group members pleads guilty

PROVO, Utah — The distraught father of The 5 Browns musical group pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children.

With scratches on his face from a car crash, Keith Brown, 55, entered his plea to three felony counts in Fourth District Court.

“He is terribly remorseful for what has happened and for what he has put his family through,” defense attorney Steven Shapiro said after the hearing. “He recognizes that this is the next step in the long road to trying to accept responsibility for something terrible that he did a long time ago.”

Dressed in dark slacks and a grey overcoat, Brown appeared in court with his sister-in-law by his side.

His response to the judge who asked for his plea on each charge was a barely audible, “guilty.”

He did not speak further during the hearing and declined to answer questions from reporters afterward.

Brown chose to enter the plea to bring a quick resolution to the case and did not want to “exacerbate the harm” by dragging out the proceedings, Shapiro said.

Utah County prosecutors charged Brown with one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child.

Brown could face a sentence of up to life in prison on the first-degree felony and up to 15 years each on the second-degree felonies.

Brown’s three daughters and two sons are part of the classical piano group The 5 Browns, whose albums have topped the classical music charts and who have appeared on “Oprah” and other shows. The group also has been profiled by “60 Minutes.”

Keith Brown appeared in court just three days after he and his wife were hurt in a crash that saw his Porsche plunge from a mountain road into a 300-foot canyon in Utah.

Both parents survived the crash that left the car mangled and unrecognizable.



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