Ex-Bermuda leader's son sentenced in Calif.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 5:06 PM
Ex-Bermuda leader's son sentenced in Calif.

The physician son of Bermuda's former premier was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in state prison for fondling female patients during breast and pelvic exams.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said Kevin Antario Brown preyed upon vulnerable patients and had very "serious character flaws."

Brown, however, denied any wrongdoing and said at the hearing he's not a sexual deviant.

"I know who I am," Brown said. "I am not the man they made up."

Brown, 40, was found guilty in August of 21 counts, including sexual battery, sexual exploitation and committing a lewd act. A jury deadlocked on eight other charges.

Brown attacked 11 patients over five years at three of his clinics, and the women were given unnecessary breast or pelvic exams for unrelated complaints such as lightheadedness or flulike symptoms, prosecutors said. Among his victims were a 15-year-old girl and an undercover police officer.

During closing arguments, Deputy District Attorney Ann-Marie Wise cited the testimony of one victim who came in to be evaluated for weight loss treatment and said she had her breasts fondled after being told she needed a mammogram.

One of the women testified before sentencing that she went into deep depression and had flashbacks when Brown sexually assaulted her in April 2008.

Brown "ripped my life apart and shattered my confidence in myself and my judgment of others by molesting me in his office and forcibly raping me in my own home," she said.

Brown, whose father Ewart Brown stepped down as Bermuda's premier last year, was known for his charity work. His health institute benefited from a 2008 celebrity poker tournament at the Playboy Mansion.

In arguing for a new trial, his attorney Edi Faal said the women who testified at trial lacked credibility. Pastor, however, denied the motion.

Brown's father was at the hearing as were other family members and former patients who had glowing remarks about the physician and said it wasn't possible for him to sexually assault his female clientele.

"He gave his utmost to every single patient he had," said friend Sondra Adams-Koss. "It's not in his character. It's not in his heart. It's not Kevin."

Brown was acquitted in 2004 and 2006 of similar charges. In pleading for leniency, Brown said he has been unfairly targeted. "I'm experiencing this for something I did not do," he said. "I would not even want to be the cause of someone else's pain."