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Serial Sex Offender Sentenced to Life in Prison

August 11, 2016



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Kohler, 215.348.6327, kkohler@buckscounty.org

A Quakertown man who raped two 14-year-old girls in two different states before being found guilty this year of downloading child pornography was handed three consecutive life sentences today in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.

“Your depravity is beyond measure,” Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. told Herbert Brown before imposing the sentences.

A jury convicted Brown, 56, in April of 24 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a cell phone.

Those convictions, along with two prior convictions for raping children, mandated a life sentence under state law, Assistant District Attorney Kate Kohler argued.

Bateman agreed. He sentenced Brown to consecutive life sentences for the first two child pornography convictions. He then imposed life sentences for each of the remaining 22 counts, ordering them to run concurrent to each other but consecutive to the other two life sentences.

In total, that amounted to 24 life sentences, three of them running consecutively.  

Before imposing the sentences, Bateman accepted a psychologist’s recommendation that Brown be classified as a sexually violent predator. Dr. Eric Weinstein testified that Brown has an incurable mental abnormality that predisposes him to commit sexually violent offenses, and that he is highly likely to reoffend.

Brown first was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994 in Michigan. He drugged a 14-year-old girl, took her to a motel, and raped her repeatedly over the course of a weekend, Kohler said.

After moving to Pennsylvania, Brown was charged with raping another 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old sister in Perkasie and trying to convince an 11-year-old girl to pose for nude photographs. He pleaded no contest to raping the older girl and to corruption of minors and criminal mischief involving the 12-year-old. He also pleaded to a charge of criminal solicitation for trying to create child pornography with the 11-year-old.  

Bateman noted that Brown had the first names of all three victims in that case tattooed onto his arm, calling the tattoos “trophies” of his crimes.

In 2001, Brown was sentenced in Bucks County to serve five to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to the Perkasie rape and related crimes. After serving the full 10 years, he was released and created a Facebook account under an altered name. He then used it to reestablish contact with one of his prior victims.

“You have a young victim you sexually assaulted … you go to jail, and some years later her nightmare continues when you try to contact her,” Bateman told Brown.

Brown most recently was arrested on Aug. 27, 2015, after Quakertown police found images of child pornography on two cell phones he possessed. Brown’s then-girlfriend had contacted police after finding some of the photos on one of the phones. A Bucks County jury convicted Brown on April 13 after a three-day trial.

Brown also was convicted July 19 for violating Pennsylvania’s sex offender registration requirements. He had failed to disclose to state troopers that he had a Facebook social media account. Bateman sentenced him to a concurrent 10- to 20-year prison term for that crime.

Quakertown Police Detective Matthew Molchan conducted the investigation.

Approved for release by Christopher Rees, Deputy District Attorney.

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