Invisible Children

Desirae, Deondra, and Melody Brown

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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Desirae (b. 1979, right), Deondra (b. 1980, center), and Melody (b. 1984, left) Brown were sexually abused by their father, Keith Scott Brown, who was also their business manager. The girls were part of the piano chamber ensemble The 5 Browns and were homeschooled, primarily by their father, while their mother Lisa was in charge of their musical training.

The abuse began in Houston, Texas and continued when the family moved to Utah in 1991. The charges stem from abuse of two of the girls which began in late 1990, when they were ages 11, 10, and 6, and continued until late 1992. One of the girls was also abused from March 1997 to March 1998, when they were ages 18, 17, and 13. The judge who presided over the case said that there could have been many more charges.

The abuse came to light when the girls reported it to authorities in late summer 2010 after learning that their father planned to manage child musicians again. In February 2011, Brown accepted a plea deal and the girls announced the abuse publicly. Brown pleaded guilty to sodomy on a child under 14 and two charges of sex abuse of a child. He is now serving 10 years to life in prison. The girls went on to create a foundation for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Date: February 17, 2011
Utah County, Utah


Documents: Date:
5 Browns—Family, Priorities, Discipline and Balance
Father of The 5 Browns Quintet Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse 02-17-2011
“5 Browns” Father Keith Scott Brown Charged with Sex Abuse 02-17-2011
How ‘Terribly Remorseful’ 5 Browns Dad Struck a Deal 02-18-2011
‘5 Browns’ dad faces prison for child sex abuse 02-18-2011
5 Browns’ father gets 10 to life for abusing daughters 04-15-2011
The 5 Browns work to fight stigma against victims of sex abuse 11-15-2012
Directors & Founders
The 5 Browns 05-29-2014