Man who prompted 2013 Clover schools lockdown accused of having sex with girl, 12

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 17, 2014 

— The man who stole his mother’s guns in North Carolina and then drove to York County – prompting a standoff with police and a district-wide schools lockdown last year – is in jail again, accused of having sex with an underage girl and then asking for pictures and videos of her without clothes, authorities say.

Andrew Ross Dowd Brown, 21, has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, a state law accusing suspects of sexual relations with minors between ages 11 and 14, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office. Brown was being held Friday at the York County Detention Center, where a magistrate denied his bond last week.

On Jan. 6, a Smyrna woman, 40, told deputies she found several sexually explicit text messages on her daughter’s cellphone, according to a sheriff’s report. The text messages “described what had taken place.”

Brown allegedly asked for pictures and videos of the girl, 12, in the nude, the report states. The messages indicated they came from Brown, whose name and number popped up on a message and missed call while the mother was speaking with deputies. The woman was able to give deputies Brown’s South Paraham Road address near York.

Deputies went to the home and found Brown, who confirmed that the telephone number belonged to him, the report states. Deputies spoke with the underage victim and other witnesses. According to an arrest warrant, Brown and the girl had sex at a Jordan Drive home in York early on Jan. 5.

Deputies arrested Brown on Jan. 10. A judge ordered him not to make any contact with the victim or her family while his case is pending, court documents show.

Brown had just been released from Piedmont Medical Center’s psychiatric unit two days before deputies arrested him, said his mother, Karen Brown. He committed himself, she said.

Last April, Karen Brown called police in Anson County, N.C., when she learned that her son, along with two others, broke into a trailer on her property and stole her guns. She also called the principal at the Chesterfield County school where she teaches, notifying administrators that her son had stolen her guns. The school called Chesterfield County deputies, who reported to the school with Karen Brown the next morning. With a SWAT team at her side, Karen Brown spoke to her son and attempted to convince him to come home.

He was on his way to Clover, police said, where he planned to shoot her at a community center. He threatened to shoot any police officers who tried to stop him. Police in Clover were notified, responded to an Oak Street home where Brown had been staying with friends and arrested him. Clover school officials, reacting to an alert from the York County Sheriff’s Office, told parents a “credible threat” had been received involving at least one school. All 10 schools in the district went on lockdown. Authorities later said Brown never threatened any schools.

Deputies charged Brown with possession of a weapon, which was later dismissed. He faced petty larceny charges in York County after deputies say he stole a GPS from his mother’s friend. He pleaded guilty to that charge, receiving time served. He received credit for time served in Anson County, N.C., after pleading guilty to breaking into his mother’s horse trailer, records show. Charges for stealing her guns were dismissed.

After the incident, Karen Brown spoke with The Herald about her son and his struggles with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and attention deficit disorder. She adopted Andrew Brown when he was 8 months old. Karen Brown said she had worked for years to find mental health treatment for her son, but had been unsuccessful.

But unlike the time he stole her guns, Karen Brown does not believe her son is guilty this time.

“The night this supposedly happened, he was out shooting pool with a friend from church till about 10:30 p.m.,” she said. “When he got back (to a friend’s home), that girl, she and her sister, were gone. He slept on the couch.”

If convicted, Brown faces 30 years in prison.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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