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Sex offender caught viewing porn at library

Mark Brown Mark Brown
Craig Buthod Craig Buthod
LFPL Bon Air Branch LFPL Bon Air Branch

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A library isn't a place you'd expect to see child porn, but police say a registered sex offender brought it in and was looking at it on a public computer. It all happened at the Bon Air public library branch on Sunday.

Mark Brown is no stranger to the law. His name has been in the news before. He's a former JCPS employee. In 2004, Brown was arrested and charged with various sex abuse charges against two 14 and 15 year old boys while he was an aide in a special education classroom at Atherton High School. His history with JCPS dates back to 1997.

He was paroled in 2010 after only serving six years of a 16 year sentence. While he was behind bars in 2004 he spoke with WAVE 3 shortly after he was arrested.

"These young men were not raped equivocally, said Brown in 2004. "These young men were not forced into any activity what so ever."

Eight years later, Brown was back before a judge on Monday facing new charges of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Brown is still on parole for the 2004 offenses. Police say he was looking at child porn on a public computer at the Bon Air Library.

"What he had was not anything the library offers obviously," said Louisville Free Public library Director Craig Buthod.

Buthod says staff noticed Brown was acting odd while he was on a computer, saw the child porn and contacted police immediately.

"One of things they noticed he was opening windows and shrinking them down," said Buthod. "Minimizing the information on the screen so they couldn't be seen over his shoulder it appeared he was hiding what he was doing."

Buthod says the computers at the library have blocked access to pornographic materials. Police say they found the child porn on Brown's thumb drive.

"He was not near the children's area," said Buthod

While in 2004, Brown made no apologies for his relationship with the students.

"I wasn't necessarily looking for something like this to happen," said Brown. "When they came into my life I had to make a decision day after day after day on what it would look like, how I would keep up with them day after day. I found myself saying it was better to be involved than not be involved."

This time, his time behind bars may be more permanent. Brown's bond has been set at $50,000. He's been ordered not to have any contact with juveniles or the library.

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