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Brown sentenced, jailed


Wearing a black dress shirt and striped tie, Dustin Brown of Gaston stood out among the chained and jumpsuited convicts in the Washington County Courthouse Tuesday.

Brown, who had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape and one count of online sexual corruption of a child, was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus five years of probation. The sentencing had been postponed so Brown, a student at Western Oregon University, could finish the school term and serve summer break in the Washington County Jail.

According to the district attorney's office, Brown was charged with sexually pursuing three high school girls when he was 18 and 19 years old. They exchanged sexually explicit photos over the Internet and via text messaging. The girls would sneak out so Brown could pick them up and drive to various locations where they engaged in sexual activity. The victims submitted impact statements that emphasized the irreparable damage to their reputations.

Defense Attorney Jennifer Robins said her client had a horrific childhood and that Brown now calls his former baseball coach, who adopted him as a young teen, Dad. She lauded Brown’s forthcoming attitude throughout the process and his willingness to take responsibility for his actions.

Brown will be registered as a sex offender, barred from cell phone and Internet use without permission, tested for sexually transmitted diseases and fined $200 for each of the three conviction counts.

Brown offered no comment, but held his hands behind his back as a deputy cuffed him and led him across the courtroom to his new seat among inmates clad in orange shirts and jingling chains. A few minutes later, a deputy led Brown out of the courtroom.