Rape, sodomy: This 48-year-old Virginia Beach man is looking at 40

Richard Allen Brown (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
Richard Allen Brown (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Richard Allen Brown will probably be an old man by the time he gets out of prison.

The 48-year-old Virginia Beach man was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison – with 10 suspended, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

His crimes: Rape, aggravated sexual battery, forcible sodomy, and custodial indecent liberties.

Prosecutors said Brown pleaded guilty to custodial indecent liberties, and was found guilty following a trial on the rest of the charges.

Between Dec. 20, 2014 and Feb. 29, 2016, Brown “sexually abused a minor known to him on multiple occasions,” prosecutors said.

The victim reported the abuse to a family member.  DNA testing proved that Brown had sexual contact with the victim, prosecutors said.

Brown has an extensive prior record dating back to Philadelphia in 1989. His prior record includes convictions for five counts of robbery, rape, four counts of possession of burglary tools, four counts of possession of a concealed weapon, sexual assault and embezzlement, according to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.