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Prominent South L.A. doctor preyed on female patients, D.A. says

August 11, 2011 |  5:34 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0153906df84e970b-640wiDr. Kevin Brown was a prominent South L.A. physician with an impressive international resume that included being the son of the former premier of Bermuda.

He organized charity fundraisers at the Playboy Mansion attended by celebrities like Don Cheadle and Khloe Kardashian.

Authorities, however, claim Brown was also a predator who sexually assaulted nearly a dozen patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover LAPD officer. After a nearly three-week trial, a jury began deliberations Thursday in the case.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Marie Wise said Brown used his Crenshaw Boulevard practice as “his personal playground” where anyone who came in “was his prey.”

Lawyers in the case painted strikingly different portraits of the defendant, accompanied daily during his trial by his family, including his father, Ewart Brown, who also operated a South L.A. clinic before returning to Bermuda in the 1990s to become the Caribbean island’s leader.

Defense attorney Edi Faal called the accusations outright lies and said authorities had a vendetta against Brown because he had previously been acquitted in two other sexual assault cases. They also suggested bias because the alleged victim is the niece of an LAPD officer.

Prosecutors relied heavily on testimony of the alleged victims because no physical evidence was collected and some of the women waited years to report Brown.

Brown faces 29 felony counts. If convicted on all counts, he could face life in prison.

As details of the sexual assaults unraveled in court, it became clear through witnesses’ testimony that Brown’s stature in the community was a focal point.

Wise told jurors that some witnesses were reluctant to report Brown because he was a respected black doctor. Prosecutors said some witnesses encouraged Brown to turn to God so his career would not be ruined.

One woman who claimed Brown kissed and sucked on her breasts during a 2005 exam said she wrote the doctor a letter urging him to seek spiritual help. That letter was later found in her medical records and portions were read back in court.

“They gave him every opportunity to change his ways,” Wise said.

But Brown’s attorney insists authorities had a vendetta against the doctor and would stop at nothing to convict him.

“The trophy is Dr. Brown’s head,” Faal told jurors


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Photo: Kevin Brown. Credit: Associated Press