The wife of a man convicted of sexually assaulting four children for several years was sentenced Tuesday to 16 to 36 months in a state correctional facility for enabling the abuse.
Mildred Brown, 73, of Newville, was committed to prison after she was sentenced on four counts of felony endangering the welfare of a child. She was charged in December 2012, but she reiterated Tuesday she did not know of the abuse as it happened.
After being sentenced Tuesday, she apologized, saying, “My greatest dream is that some day I can put my arms around them and tell them I love them.”
Brown said she fully accepts the decision of the jury.
“When I was convicted, I was full of anger, then I realized I had to take responsibility,” she said.
Brown was convicted on Dec. 4, 2013, of enabling the abuse of four children by her husband, Robert Brown. He was convicted of sexually assaulting the four children, who were ages 3, 4, 13 and 15 at the time he was arrested. He was sentenced to 40 to 120 years in prison.
Mildred Brown was found guilty in December after three days of testimony.
She was sentenced to four to nine months in a state correctional institution on each charge, with an aggregate term of 16 to 36 months. She was also ordered to serve 60 months consecutive probation, submit a DNA sample, have no contact with the victims, no unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 18, and pay court cost and $2,000 in fines.