LAVERKIN – A St. George man who formerly worked as a youth treatment home staff member is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly showing minors pornographic material.
According to a probable cause statement filed in Fifth District Court, the LaVerkin Police Department was contacted by the Youth Foundation home concerning former staff member Donald M. Brown, Jr., 48, of St. George. Brown had allegedly shown six boys at the home pornographic material on his mobile phone depicting himself and others.
LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Watkins said the youth home contacted police after conducting an internal investigation.
“Evidently one of the boys complained to the administration,” Watkins said. “They looked into it and determined there was something there.”
Police interviewed the six boys who said Brown had shown them between 15 and 50 images and videos on his phone. When police interviewed Brown, he said he had spoken to the boys in great detail about his sex life, which was possibly how they knew about what was on his phone. As the interview progressed, Brown said the boys had seen the material on the phone, but that “every time was an accident,” and that he had “a lot of accidents.”
Brown was arrested Tuesday and faces 10 third-degree felony counts of “dealing harmful material to a minor.” Bail currently stands at $50,000. Brown made his initial appearance in Fifth District Court on Wednesday.
Concerning the youth home, Watkins said it has “been good to work with” during the investigation. He noted youth treatment facilities in the area can be the subjects of negative press, and that the latest incident was on the shoulders of the accused and not the facility whose personnel had done their part to correct the problem.
Brown was fired from the youth home following the internal investigation.
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