Dade County Man Speaks Out After Molestation Charge Dropped

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 8/30/2013 8:48 pm
     Phillip Brown is a Dade County businessman, part of a family-owned tire shop on Highway 301. He's also the father of three kids, who had his world shattered in May of last year.
    "I would never ever do anything like this. I just want people to know that I'm a good person and I'm not what they made me out to be. I'm not a child molester, I'm a good person, I love my children, I love my kids."
    This spring, the charge of an "immoral and indecent act" against a child was dropped by the District Attorney's office, in exchange for Brown signing away the parental rights to his youngest son.
    "I went through over a year of uncertainty not knowing what was going to happen to me not knowing if I was going to go to prison. Then I was faced with a decision if I just signed my rights away they would just drop it. If they had anything on me, if I had really molested my son, I don't think they would have dropped the charges like that."
     Assistant District Attorney Len Gregor did not return our calls, but in a recent statement said the charges were dropped "based upon what is in the best interest of the alleged victim as expressed by his mother and psychologist, and upon termination of the defendant's parental rights."
    "This torments me, every day, when I wake up in the morning, when I go to bed at night I'm tormented by this and I'll always be tormented by this. This decision to sign my rights away, I never ever will get over this. It's just so hard, it's just undescribable, words can't explain how this hurts inside," said Brown.
    Brown's two other children continue to live with him...as he tries to get his life back together.
    "Me and my two older children are just trying to get by the best they can. I just want everyone to know that this is not right, from what I was charged with, you know they should be a lot of investigating before someone is charged. I have not gotten to see my son in over a year and three months now. I love my son, I love all my children more than I can explain."
    Brown says he's also received support from Tonya Craft. She was prosecuted by the same D-A's office in 2010. Craft was acquitted of 22 counts of molestation in May of that year.
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BeKind2All - 9/1/2013 11:52 AM
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It is so easy t be falsely accused of something of this nature. I remember the horrible Tonya Craft case too. I knew from the beginning that case was all wrong. I think a lot of times angry parents, especially in custody and divorce disputes, team up with some psychology or friend they have in the courts and to bring about false accusations. These people who do this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They abuse the courts and hurt true victims of child rapes and molestation for selfish and self-serving reasons. They should be given the time in prison the person they wrongly accused of committing the crime. These people need to be held accountable for abusing the courts in such a way. I don't care if they are judges, psychologists, law enforcement or the vindictive parent of a child. They should be prosecuted for making false allegations. They certainly shouldn't be considered above the very laws they are suppose to respect and uphold..

Chance X74 - 8/31/2013 5:33 PM
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"Best interest of the alleged victim as expressed by his mother" says it all. What this says is that the stigma of a mere accusation of a sex offense guarantees full custodial rights for the opposition. All the man needed to do was give in to the demands of the mother and the prosecution would make the threat of persecution go away. This is wrong on every level.
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