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Douglas County judge allows harsher sentence for woman convicted of child endangerment

November 19, 2010

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Natasha Brown

Natasha Brown

A 34-year-old Lawrence woman convicted of endangering two girls who say they were sexually assaulted by her husband can face a steeper sentence than normally allowed under state guidelines, a Douglas County judge has ruled.

District Judge Peggy Kittel has granted a motion from prosecutors and found that Natasha M. Brown ignored obvious signs her husband was sexually “grooming” the two girls and failed to protect them when they frequently visited her northern Lawrence home over a period of two years.

“The defendant violated the special trust and confidence given to her by the victims’ parents to safeguard the children,” Kittel wrote in her ruling this week.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, has said Brown would qualify for a more severe sentence because of the age of the victims and because the defendant had a relationship of trust with the girls.

A jury in October convicted Brown of two counts of aggravated child endangerment and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior. Her husband, Donald Brown, 33, faces a January trial on multiple charges, including three counts of child rape. He is accused of having sex with and molesting the two girls, who are now ages 9 and 11, from June 2008 to May of this year.

Natasha Brown’s attorney has said she has no prior criminal history, which meant she originally faced a seven-month sentence on each count. But under state guidelines, Kittel would have been required to sentence her to probation.

Because of her ruling, Kittel now has the authority to sentence Brown to a maximum of nearly 14 years in prison on each count.

The girls’ family met the Browns through Heritage Baptist Church, which is northwest of Lawrence. Prosecutors have said that in May the girls told their parents and accused Donald Brown of having sex with them. Police later arrested the Browns.

Comments

Kat Christian 3 years, 5 months ago

She looks ignorant enough to do something like this. It is so very sad when adults cross the boundries of appropriateness toward children. Seems to me only these adults bodies grew and not their brains and they were only pretending to be adults so they could prey on innocent children. Don't they realize what they've stolen from these precious little girls? Their childhood innocence...and they can never get that back. But don't let Christian's like these deter you away from God's love and glory. People like this give religion a bad name, but don't let them feed your mind with negative thoughts about what God is capable of doing in your life. Your relationship with God is personal and doesn't have to brought out in a Church or around people who claim to be Christians. You don't need a Church to tell you how or when to read the bible. But you do need people who think and feel the same about God as you do, if anything to give each other strength in the power of God. Amen - now I'll step down off my soap box thank you.

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budtugly 3 years, 5 months ago

If George Diepenbrock wrote this article and mistook 14 years for 14 months, he should be fired. What say you George?

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asbury 3 years, 5 months ago

Just wondering.....Is Ms. Brown of average intelligence? Seriously, is she "slow"?

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missmagoo 3 years, 5 months ago

Can we get a fact check on the 14 years vs. 14 months please LJW?

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Richard Payton 3 years, 5 months ago

In airports across this great country TSA employees are groping fliers of all ages. I've witness a 3 year old screaming stop touching me. This is said to be for security but I call this abuse also! We need Judge Kittle ruling on TSA employee's abuse also!

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ebyrdstarr 3 years, 5 months ago

"Because of her ruling, Kittel now has the authority to sentence Brown to a maximum of nearly 14 years in prison on each count."

That should be 14 months, not 14 years. And even if the judge then wants to run all three 14 month terms consecutively, by law the sentence would have to max out at 28 months. There is no way for the judge to sentence this woman to anything more than just over 2 years.

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ferrislives 3 years, 5 months ago

I wish that there were more like Judge Kittel in the country.

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Kelly Johnson 3 years, 5 months ago

Judge Kittel is a hero. Thank you, Judge, for doing the right thing.

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consumer1 3 years, 5 months ago

Judge kIttel does indeed Rock!!

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consumer1 3 years, 5 months ago

Sychophant, wherer exactly does this article state, or any other article state the defendants claim of being "Good Christians"? I am confused? They are both good dirtbags that is for certain. But, just because the Journal World named the church they attend doesn't give them credibility as good Christians. There is no such a thing as a good Christian, all are sinners, many strive to be "good Christians" but those will also tell you, they "Try" their best to be good, but they are sinners. Just because the LJW reports they belong to a church is not a claim of character. Sinners attend Church. If you look at the total numbers of arrest for hienous crimes, the great majority are not affilitated with a church at all. So, that alone should leave you running away as fast as you can from almost everyone!

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Bob Forer 3 years, 5 months ago

Whenever i hear someone describe themselves as a "Good Christian" i run away as fast as I can. These folks provide fuel for my prejudice.

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