New charges were filed Monday against a female member of a polygamist group who withdraw guilty pleas last week to charges that she sexually abused a teenage girl within the sect.
Troylene Brown, 25, is now charged with a second-degree felony count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree forcible sexual abuse and a third-degree count of dealing harmful materials to a minor.She was arraigned before 2nd Circuit Judge Brent West, who set a preliminary hearing for April 6. If convicted, Brown could be sent to prison for up to 35 years.
Brown had pleaded guilty in January to the sexual exploitation of a minor charge and a third-degree felony of attempted sexual abuse following plea negotiations. But 2nd District Judge Stanton Taylor allowed Brown to withdraw her pleas after she told the judge she felt pressured.
Weber County Attorney Reed Richards said he would file more serious charges against Brown if she withdrew her pleas.
Nine women and the 61-year-old male leader of the group known as "Sisters," were charged with numerous felony counts after police raided their north Ogden neighborhood homes last August and learned that children in the group were being abused.
Four members have pleaded guilty to their charges and have been sentenced, including Arvin Shreeve, who was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
One other female member is awaiting sentencing, and three others, including Brown, have filed motions to withdraw their guilty pleas. Two other women's cases are pending in circuit and district courts.