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Brunswick Man Sentenced for Aggravated Child Molestation
State v. Joel Brown

May 12, 2023

District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that Joel Brown, 25, of Brunswick, pled guilty to four counts of Aggravated Child Molestation (three felony and one misdemeanor), pursuant to a negotiated guilty plea entered in Glynn County Superior Court. Sentencing in this case was held on May 11, 2023, in order to provide the victims the opportunity to be present in court.

On December 1, 2020, GCPD began an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse perpetrated by Joel Brown. During the course of the investigation, four victims were identified who Brown had molested over several years. Following his arrest, Brown was interviewed and confessed to the allegations. After Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley denied Brown’s motion to suppress his statement on May 5, 2023, Brown entered a guilty plea.

In line with the negotiated guilty plea, Judge Kelley sentenced Brown to 25 years in prison, with no parole, followed by lifetime probation. This is the mandatory minimum sentence prescribed by law for felony Aggravated Child Molestation. Brown will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and follow the conditions of sex offender probation which includes treatment. The District Attorney’s Office extended the offer after consulting with the victims in the case. Detective Heather Savage with the Glynn County Police Department was the lead investigator in the case.

Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.