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Previous sex
offender found
guilty of sodomy

David P. Brown, 53, Kansas City, was convicted by a Platte County jury on Oct. 16 of statutory sodomy in the first degree. Brown was working as a maintenance man in the Brentwood Apartment Complex in the Northland.

The victim, a seven year-old-girl, lived in the apartment complex. On Nov. 18, 2000, she was at the defendant's home when he asked her if she wanted to see a burnt apartment in the complex. She agreed and accompanied him to the apartment complex office to retrieve a set of keys.

The office was closed, and the defendant and the seven-year-old entered into a back workshop area where the defendant pulled down the girl's pants and underwear and fondled her vagina, buttock, and reached up her shirt to fondle her breast.

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before returning the guilty verdict. The jury was not asked to recommend a sentence to the court based on the fact that Brown was previously found to be a persistent sexual offender under Missouri law. Brown had been convicted previously of the felony of attempted sexual imposition in the State of North Dakota for sexually assaulting his then eight-year-old stepdaughter. That conviction occurred in 1977.

"Individuals who prey on young children forfeit their right to live in our society," explained Tammy J. Glick, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney.

"Based on Mr. Brown's prior sexual offense, my office elected to file the papers necessary for the court to find and declare Mr. Brown as a persistent sexual offender."

Because Brown was found to be a persistent sexual offender, his mandatory punishment will be not less than 30 years without the eligibility of probation or parole.

Sentencing is currently set to take place on Nov. 29 before the Honorable Abe Shafer.