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Ex- Hanover Park coach convicted again for child sex crime
By Eric Peterson | Daily Herald Staff

Bryan C. Brown after his 2008 arrest in Michigan.


Bryan C. Brown after his 1997 arrest in Hanover Park.


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Published: 3/13/2009 2:48 PM

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A onetime Hanover Park gymnastics instructor who served time for molesting three girls he coached has been convicted again in Michigan for molesting a 5-year-old girl.

Bryan C. Brown, 39, of Warren, Mich., now faces the possibility of life in prison without parole because of this second conviction for a sex crime against a child, said Kathy Beard, assistant prosecutor of Macomb County, Mich.

Brown's sentencing is scheduled for April 21.

He also faces federal charges of sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. Authorities seized illegal images from his computer during a search of his home last June. A pretrial hearing on these charges is scheduled for Monday.

While living in Elk Grove Village in 1997, Brown was charged with molesting three girls at the Gymkhana Gymnastics Club in Hanover Park. He pleaded guilty in 1999 and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Brown was released from prison in October 2003 after serving nearly half his sentence, but was sent back to prison two months later for an undisclosed parole violation. He was released again in May 2005, according to documents.

While living in suburban Detroit last April, Brown was arrested for marijuana possession, according to Warren police. The 5-year-old girl, who is not related to Brown but lived in the same home, was removed from the home at the time and taken into protective custody, where police said she made statements about Brown's inappropriate contact with her.

Brown was listed on the Illinois sex offender registry as living in Warren, Mich., at the time of that arrest.