Football coach, wife plead not guilty to sex charges

April 20, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- In a scandal that their attorney says has been blown out of proportion, Hemet High School football coach Randy Brown and his wife, Kelly, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that the coach arranged for a former player to have sex with his wife, and that the couple solicited a second boy for sex.

Appearing stoic as they walked through a battery of television camera lights and reporters, Randy Brown, 39, and his wife, Kelly, 31, were ordered to return to Superior Court next month for their preliminary hearing.

Yesterday's arraignment before Superior Court Judge James T. Warren was the Browns' first public appearance since their arrest. Neither spoke to reporters as they were whisked in and out of the courtroom.

The couple's defense attorney said he hoped the charges against them could be resolved before a trial, but the prosecutor said he was not prepared to accept a guilty plea to anything less than the three felonies each faces.

The couple remain free on $5,000 bail each, and are now living "nowhere near Hemet," said defense attorney Steve Harmon. "They've lost a lot of sleep over this," he said.

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