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
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.