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Mothers say prosecutors let former college football player off easy

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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

A group of mothers in Liberty are outraged at the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

They claim former William Jewell College football player Blake Brown sexually targeted their underage daughters online and prosecutors are letting him off easy. In a plea deal last month, Brown admitted guilt to one felony count for misrepresenting his age with intent to solicit a minor via the internet for sexual misconduct.

The Liberty mothers said they don't think Brown's guilty admission to the lesser charge is enough. They also believe the Clay County prosecutor ignored other alleged victims' information that could have led to additional criminal charges for no good reason.

"We just wanted our case heard," Tracey Sawyer said.

For the past 16 months, Sawyer and Erin Prideaux have been on a mission to bring their daughters' alleged online predator to justice. The mothers claim Brown, a 20-year-old former college football player, struck up inappropriate conversations with their daughters and dozens of other girls on Facebook, soliciting them to meet up with him and often asking the underage girls for sexual favors.

"Well it's not just our daughters. It affected many girls out there and they're never going to be heard now. He's being charged for one solicitation case, it's a slap on the hand for what he did," Sawyer said.

Their personal crusade to see Brown receive the type of legal punishment they believe he should receive has been frustrating to them and their daughters.

"Very upset. You know there are women who are raped and don't report it because of things like this," Prideaux said.

A spokesman for the Clay County Prosecutor's Office told KCTV5 News Wednesday that the Liberty Police Department was very thorough in the investigation of Brown. The spokesman said a lot of contact between Brown and the girls in many of the cases reviewed by prosecutors was not criminal and there simply wasn't enough evidence in those cases to issue additional charges.

But the moms disagree.

"We know Tracey's daughter sent him a photo. How is that not enough evidence? We know for a fact there was enough evidence," Prideaux said.

The mothers believe prosecutors disregarded victim evidence, like their daughters', that could've made a big difference in the case against Brown.

"I think he would've gotten a rape charge, not just an internet solicitation charge," Sawyer said.

"I just feel like we've been completely ignored," Prideaux said.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office spokesman said his office is confident in the charge Brown pleaded guilty to. The Class D felony is punishable up to four years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

Brown will also have to be listed as a registered sex offender for life. He is expected back in court next month for sentencing.

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