Father of the 5 Browns pleads guilty to abusing daughters

Feb 17, 2011 at 6:42 p.m. ET

Keith Brown, the father of the 5 Browns musical group, faces a lengthy prison sentence for sexually abusing his daughters. Read on to see what his children have to say about the case.

Keith Brown, father of the classical piano group 5 Browns, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his three daughters, according to USA Today. Brown, 55, pleaded guilty in a Utah court to felony charges of sodomy on a child under 14 and of sexual abuse of a child. His plea deal will likely net him 10 years in prison.

5 Browns father Keith Brown pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Police learned of the abuse after his three daughters -- now in their twenties and thirties – reported the abuse to police. They decided to come forward after learning Brown wanted to start managing more child musical acts. The abuse reportedly happened from 1990-1998.

Brown later confessed his crimes to the bishop at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to the Mormon newspaper Deseret News.

Deseret News also reported that Brown "appeared very solemn and emotional" during today's court appearance in Provo. His face was also "scratched with injuries from a spectacular Monday auto accident." Brown and his wife Lisa were driving in their Porsche when the car dropped 500 feet down a canyon. Lisa is still in the hospital.

The three Brown daughters -- Desirae, Deondra and Melody – issued a statement earlier this week regarding their father's plea deal. They insist that the case wouldn't interfere with the 5 Browns touring schedule. Keith Brown once served as his children's manager, but no longer has a professional affiliation with the group.

"We have also received numerous questions about potential impact of the Keith Brown case on The 5 Browns and their touring schedule. We can affirm that The 5 Browns plan to fulfill all of their scheduled touring commitments," the statement read. "One of the greatest sources of joy and satisfaction in each of their lives is the opportunity to share their favorite music together—and with fellow music lovers throughout the world."

"On a personal note, The 5 Browns wish to thank their friends and supporters for their concern and prayers on their behalf during this trying time."

Brown's sentencing is scheduled for March.

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