Man sentenced to 17 life terms for raping girls

01/10/2013 4:40 PM

08/08/2014 10:14 AM

A Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to 17 life terms in prison for raping two Kansas City, Kan., girls after their mother checked them into an east Wichita hotel so he could have sex with them.

James Lamont Brown, 49, was convicted by a Sedgwick County jury in November of 17 of 20 felony charges that accused him of having sex with the girls, who are now 14 and 15, at the Econo Lodge at 8302 E. Kellogg in 2010 and 2011. Some of the charges cover a time when the girls were 11 and 12 years old. He was charged with 10 counts each of rape and aggravated human trafficking

The girls’ mother testified at Brown’s trial that on at least five occasions she sat on a motel bed and watched as Brown had sex with her daughters. She pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated human trafficking and is facing a sentence of life without parole for 25 years.

Both girls testified at Brown’s trial that Brown had sex with them on multiple occasions after their mother drove them to Wichita.

One of the girls testified that Brown had sex with her every time she came to Wichita. The other girl said it happened every time but once – the once having come during her menstrual cycle. That was the apparent reason for the one not guilty verdict among the 10 rape counts.

The jury also acquitted Brown of two human trafficking charges that were filed in connection with a 2010 trip to Wichita. Testimony that was read back to the jury during its deliberations showed that neither girl could remember details of that trip.

Brown denied having ever met the girls when he testified in his own behalf.

Brown’s criminal record dates to March 1985, when he was one of 18 men charged with sexually exploiting 13- to 15-year-old runaway girls in Wichita. He pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties and no contest to promoting prostitution and was placed on probation for two years.

Wichita police Lt. Jeff Weible said that he and other members of the Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child unit were pleased with the outcome.

“For us, it’s definitely a good closure to a long investment in investigation that came to successful conclusion,” he said.

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