Sex offender to serve 12 months

Published 11:33 am Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Robert Lewis Brown

Robert Lewis Brown, a 51-year-old man, of 617 N. Mecklenburg Ave., South Hill and formerly of Kenbridge, was sentenced recently in Lunenburg Circuit Court to 12 months in jail on a probation violation in Lunenburg for failing to be of good behavior after being convicted in Mecklenburg County for failing to re-register with the Sex Offender Registry, a release from Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement cited.

According to Clement, Brown was convicted in Lunenburg on Dec. 19, 2013 for Felony Shoplifting and was sentenced to five years with all but 10 months suspended subject to being of good behavior among other conditions.

On June 19, he pleaded guilty to failing to be of good behavior after being convicted on May 22, of failing to re-register with the Sex Offender Registry while living in Mecklenburg County. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail with 10 months suspended.

Brown had a previous violation of good behavior in 2015 and on March 31, 2015, he was brought back to court. Due to competency issues, Brown was held in jail until Aug. 1, 2016 when he was convicted and sentenced to time served awaiting trial for 459 days.

Clement said Brown has been particularly troublesome in both counties. On Feb. 10, 2010 Brown was convicted of indecent exposure and sentenced to the maximum of 12 months in jail as a result of exposing himself to a worker in the Victoria Library.

After his release in 2011, he was charged with sexual display and trespassing in Mecklenburg County for an incident at the South Hill library, but due to the distress of the witness, he was convicted of just the trespassing charge and sentenced to nine months said Clement.

Afterward there were additional complaints about Brown hanging around in front of businesses on Broad Street in Kenbridge, but nothing could be done until he committed a shoplifting offense for which he was convicted and sentenced on Dec. 19, 2013. He received five years with four years and two months suspended subject to conditions of good behavior for five years, supervised probation, warrantless searches, and staying out of Lunenburg County for five years upon his release.

Brown was also convicted in Nottoway General District Court on Dec. 19, 2012 for petit larceny and received a suspended 12 month sentence.

In addition to his previous convictions cited above, Brown was also convicted in Nottoway Circuit Court in 1988 for larceny of a vehicle; in Lunenburg for grand larceny of a vehicle in 1989; and in Mecklenburg County for breaking and entering in 1991 for which he was sentenced to 20 years with 10 suspended.