Youth treatment home worker arrested for showing pornography to minors

LAVERKIN – A St. George man who formerly worked as a youth treatment home staff member is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly showing minors pornographic material.

According to a probable cause statement filed in Fifth District Court, the LaVerkin Police Department was contacted by the Youth Foundation home concerning former staff member Donald M. Brown, Jr., 48, of St. George. Brown had allegedly shown six boys at the home pornographic material on his mobile phone depicting himself and others.

LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Watkins said the youth home contacted police after conducting an internal investigation.

“Evidently one of the boys complained to the administration,” Watkins said. “They looked into it and determined there was something there.”

Police interviewed the six boys who said Brown had shown them between 15 and 50 images and videos on his phone. When police interviewed Brown, he said he had spoken to the boys in great detail about his sex life, which was possibly how they knew about what was on his phone. As the interview progressed, Brown said the boys had seen the material on the phone, but that “every time was an accident,” and that he had “a lot of accidents.”

Brown was arrested Tuesday and faces 10 third-degree felony counts of “dealing harmful material to a minor.” Bail currently stands at $50,000. Brown made his initial appearance in Fifth District Court on Wednesday.

Concerning the youth home, Watkins said it has “been good to work with” during the investigation. He noted youth treatment facilities in the area can be the subjects of negative press, and that the latest incident was on the shoulders of the accused and not the facility whose personnel had done their part to correct the problem.

Brown was fired from the youth home following the internal investigation.

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7 Comments

  • Mean momma August 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I used to work with this guy at a youth treatment center in St. George. If these allegations are true… Don you are a true scumbag and I am glad you got fired from our place of work. I hope you are never aloud to work with youth again. I mean, why does a 48 year old man need to seek the acceptance of teenage boys? Grow up you idiot! I am so sick of seeing these creeps in the news for this stuff!

    • George bush November 8, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Mean momma I’m tired of cunts like you not understanding what happen I was there bitch so tell me that he showed six people some shit I know don didn’t show anybody sexual images he’s the biggest influence on my progress in the program so eat a fat dick u slimey whore and free don

  • DoubleTap August 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    What is it with southern Utah and all its pedophiles and molesters?!?! Why is it that individuals who work closely with children are not thoroughly screened?!?! Has anyone ever taken the time to search the internet and see the number of registered sex offenders residing in the immediate area?? There are maps of St. George and Washington City and surrounding areas pinpointing exactly where child molesters/pedophiles and general sex offenders live (complete with addresses). This is an outrage…God have mercy on the person I catch molesting my grandkids or any others.

  • ladybugavenger August 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I am disgusted by this man. To be in a professional position and using that position for his own sick perversion. What kind of “home treatment” is this? This is a warning to all parents. You think they are getting treatment, but they are getting this.This place must be government funded. Beware. Now I will ask the question: Is this place government funded?

  • real life August 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    He was showing minors porn. Sicko. Men from Colorado City and Hilldale take it a step further, while being protected by local law enforcement. Man are there some sick, twisted people in this area

  • Anonymous October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yes, his choices were wrong. However, I attended Youth Foundations and I knew Mr. Don personally. His wife was also my staff. While his actions were wrong, that does not change the fact that he was an amazing staff to children that were not in his “family”. He helped me through a lot of difficult situations and never drug me into his personal life. So while all of you are criticizing him, remember all the times you messed up.

  • dseiree March 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

    don would never do that he helpd me threw my program anytime i needed advice thats who i went to yall can believe what u want done didnt do anything

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