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Father of "Five Browns" Singing Group Charged with Sex Abuse


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The father of five siblings who make up internationally renowned piano group The 5 Browns has been accused of sex abuse by his own daughters.

Keith Brown was charged on February 10 with one first-degree count of sodomy on a child, and two second-degree counts of sexual abuse of a child, Salt Lake City court records show.

Just days later his Porsche plunged off a 300ft embankment as he returned from a ski resort on Valentine's Day with his wife Lisa.

Brown, 55, was driving, and wife Lisa, 54, the mother of the children, was in the passenger seat. The couple had been driving home from a ski resort when the accident occurred.

They were both knocked unconscious, but Brown woke up and managed to dial 911. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police said speed was a factor.

There were tyre marks on the road near the scene of the horror crash, investigators said.

5 Browns spokesman Kimball Thomsan said the sex abuse charges involve Brown's daughters and group members Desirae, Deondra and Melody.

All three are now adults.

'We can confirm that Keith Brown has been charged with sexual abuse involving his daughters,' Mr Thomson said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

The AP does not generally identify people who say they were sexually assaulted, but the Brown women have chosen to be identified and are cooperating with police, Mr Thomson said.

A message left Wednesday for Keith Brown's attorney, Steven Shapiro, was not immediately returned.

The 5 Browns are a classical piano-playing group consisting of three sisters and two brothers from Alpine, Utah.

Court documents state the allegations stem from separate occasions between November 1990 and October 1992, November 1990 and November 1992 and March 1997 and March 1998 in Utah County.

Mr Thomson said the Brown women severed their professional relationship with Keith Brown in October of 2008. He was once the manager of The 5 Browns but now has no connection to the group.

If convicted, Keith 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.

The children had visited their parents at hospitals and were hopeful for speedy recoveries, Mr Thomson said.

Their performance schedule would not be affected by the developments, he said.

No updates were available on the medical conditions of Keith and Lisa Brown.

Innocent until proven guilty and all that. But this sort of thing sure makes my blood boil.


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