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O.C. district attorney seeks to commit convicted child rapist

January 18, 2011 |  6:42 pm

Brown Orange County prosecutors filed a petition Tuesday to have a convicted child rapist committed to a mental hospital to prevent further attacks.

Lawrence Brown, 52, is currently in custody in Chino State Prison for violating parole. He was arrested last year -- less than an hour after he was released from prison after serving 25 years for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two young girls, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

"Brown, a real life boogie man, [is] every parent's nightmare," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a statement.

Brown is scheduled to appear Friday in Superior Court in Santa Ana for a hearing on the petition.

Under state law, inmates are subject to such reviews after they finish criminal sentences.  They can be sent to a mental facility if they have been convicted of at least one violent sexual crime, are found to have a mental disorder and are likely to strike again unless they are committed, according to prosecutors.

The evidence is presented to a jury, which decides whether the offender should be committed.

Brown's two victims were attacked in 1983. On Tuesday, the district attorney released a statement from one of them.

"Lawrence Brown took away my innocence and left me badly bruised emotionally and physically," the woman said. "It is crucial that he remain incarcerated. There are too many innocent children out there who may not survive a man like him."


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-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Lawrence Brown. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office