A man described by a prosecutor as “a sexual predator of women” was sentenced today to 45 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting four women in Oakland and Berkeley between June 2008 and April 2009. Prosecutor Amanda Chavez said 46-year-old Jerry Brown lived a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” existence by having a good job and a wife and family during the day and “trolling at night for prostitutes to kidnap and sexually assault.” Chavez said Brown was convicted on charges that he picked up four separate women he believed to be prostitutes. Once the women were inside his car, Brown impersonated a police officer by flashing a badge, using a walkie-talkie and radios, threatened the women with arrest and demanded they do what he said, Chavez said. In two cases, the defendant violently sexually assaulted the women, according to Chavez. In the other two cases, the women were able to escape the defendant before he was able to carry out the sexual assaults, she said.
On May 17, a jury found Brown guilty of two counts of sodomy, two counts of oral copulation, one count of false imprisonment, one count of kidnapping with the intent to sodomize and one count of kidnapping. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gloria Rhynes sentenced Brown to 37 years and eight months for most of his offenses to be followed by a term of life in prison, with a 7-year minimum and the possibility of parole, for his kidnapping with intent to sodomize conviction. Rhynes said Brown engaged in “sexually violent conduct to four different women on four separate occasions” even though he had “a loving wife who believes in him” and children. The judge said Brown, who testified that his sex with the women was consensual, shows “a lack of remorse and no acceptance of responsibility.” Rhynes said she has watched Brown, who interrupted her during today’s hearing, “blurting out and rolling his eyes” during his trial and appears to “believe he’s the victim.” But Rhynes said the evidence in the case emphatically shows that Brown “is not the victim.”
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