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Billings man sentenced for using social media to have sex with teenage girls

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Ronald Brown sentenced for 13 counts of sexual intercourse without consent (MTN News) Ronald Brown sentenced for 13 counts of sexual intercourse without consent (MTN News)
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A Billings man who brought his toddler along when he met teenage girls for sex was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

Ronald Curtis Brown, 30, was sentenced in Yellowstone County District Court by Judge Gregory Todd to 40 years to Montana State Prison, with 20 years suspended, for 13 counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

The sentencing was part of a joint plea agreement made in February 2015.

"Your attorney had asked me to consider these crimes as ill-advised rather than horrendous, but I'd say they're closer to horrendous," said Todd. “You said here you've made a bad choice, but you've made bad choices. That's plural.”

One example, Todd said, was that Brown took his then 3-year-old daughter along with him to meet girls and even had sex with at least one victim while his daughter was in the other room.

Brown used social media sites like Kick and MeetMe to connect with three underage girls.

His profile said he was 14 but he was actually 29 at the time.

He succeeded in having sex with a 14 and 15-year-old but was caught by law enforcement in February 2014 during an attempt to meet a 13-year-old.

Dr. Robert Page, an expert on sexual behavior, testified about his interactions with Brown.

Page said Brown told him he sought out the young girls because he felt inadequate in his marriage and wanted someone to make him feel good about himself.

Yellowstone County Chief Deputy Attorney Juli Pierce countered that Brown should have pursued someone his own age not teenage girls.

“I was living a very promiscuous life,” Brown said before sentencing Tuesday. “I was sleeping with a lot of women and it was dangerous for all involved, especially for the young ladies involved. I want to show I have the ability to change and I'm not the monster I've been made out to be.”

Page testified that he believes Brown could be successful in sex offender treatment while in prison.

"He is a good candidate for treatment," said Page. "He is cooperative."

Todd deemed Brown a Level II sexual offender, which is the designation for someone with moderate risk to re-offend.

Prosecutors asked that Brown have supervised visits with his daughter, but Brown's defense attorney argued that Brown had no signs of pedophiliac interest and that he deserved to be a part of his daughter's life.

“My daughter is my biggest motivator,” said Brown, wiping away tears. “She's my biggest motivator to never making another stupid decision like I did with this.”

But Todd ruled that Brown would have supervised visits at least until he completed sex offender treatment.

"She may be 4 now, but when you become parole eligible she will be a teenager, the prime age of the victims in your case,” said Todd. “So there needs to be some reassurance there."

Brown's attorney handed the prosecutor a set of apology letters written by Brown to be given to the victims.

"I'm not going to make excuses for what I did,” said Brown. “I screwed up. It was a choice I made that hurt people and I didn't even know it hurt people until all this. I apologize for that. From the bottom of my heart I apologize.”

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