Keith Brown is faced with one first-degree felony count and two second-degree felony counts

By Alison Schwartz
February 17, 2011 08:45 AM
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They’ve stuck together through years of piano lessons at Julliard School and worldwide touring, and now The 5 Browns, a quintet of siblings with a shared love and talent for classical music kindled in their childhood, are once again showing the world the strength of their bond. But this time, it’s not about the music.

The father of the Brown siblings has been charged with sexually abusing his three daughters, Desirae, 32, Deondra, 30, and Melody, 26, who have chosen to be identified, reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.

“We can confirm that Keith Brown has been charged with sexual abuse involving his daughters,” Kimball Thomas, a spokesman for The 5 Browns, said in a statement.

Court documents of the allegations, filed on Feb. 10, indicate that the abuse started in November of 1990 through October 1992, November 1990 through November 1992, and March 1997 through March 1998 in Utah County.

Four days after the charges were filed, Keith Brown, 55, and Lisa Brown, 54, were hospitalized following a car crash that totaled the Porsche in which they were driving, according to the Associated Press. No further information is available on their current medical condition, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Thomson said that although Keith Brown formerly managed the musical group, he hasn’t worked professionally with his kids since October 2008.

He faces one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child. If convicted, Keith Brown could be sentenced to up to life in prison for the first-degree felony and up to 15 years for each second-degree felony.

Brown is set to appear in a Provo, Utah, courtroom on Thursday.