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Sheriffs in Okeechobee County have arrested a man sought by police for sexually assaulting a Palm Bay girl. William M. Clark, (81), was taken into custody, at his residence, February 6, on a single charge of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under 12.
Palm Bay Police received a complaint December 17th, from an eleven year-old girl who said Clark touched her genitals inside her clothing. The incident allegedly occured while the child was seated next to Clark in his vehicle. The retired railroad worker was visiting the girl’s family for the Christmas holidays.
Clark will be transported to Brevard County to be arraigned on the charge. If convicted of the offense, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
The grandmother of a young girl who was sexually assaulted, says the child’s abuser doesn’t deserve to be released.
Richard Lee Brown, 63, stood silently, listening to the woman’s sob-choked comments to Judge Robert T. Burger, on June 23rd, in Viera. Brown was sentenced to serve 354 days in jail followed by eight years of probation, for sexually abusing a four year-old girl.
Brown was arrested by Cocoa Police in September 2010, charged with one count of Lewd Conduct with a Child, and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under 12. Defense Attorney Michael Kelley negotiated a plea agreement calling for Brown to plead guilty to the “Lewd Conduct” charge, in exchange for the probation sentence. State prosecutors dropped the second count, which could have sent Brown to prison for life. The State Attorney agreed not to file charges relating to child pornography, reportedly found in Brown’s possession.
Due to the age of his victim, Brown will be registered as a Sexual Offender for the rest of his life. He must wear a G.P.S. tracking device, and complete a sex offender therapy program. Brown was given credit for 275 days of time served in jail since his arrest. Judge Burger agreed to waive the costs of supervision for the first year of his probation.
His attorney said he expects Brown to be “homeless” when he is released from custody. Local ordinances prohibit Brown from residing in his Cocoa home because it is located within 1.000 feet of a school. Kelley said his client, who has awaited sentencing in the Brevard County Jail since pleading “Guilty” in May, might relocate to Georgia to complete his sentence.
The tearful grandmother – the only family member to address the court, hurried from the Moore Justice Center after making her statement.
Court Monitors from Protect Our Children were present for the hearing.
View Richard L. Brown’s current status: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveOffenders/detail.asp?Bookmark=1&From=list&SessionID=448003557