LISBON — William F. Brown, the former director of the Mercer County Drug Task Force, has not contested two of the charges he faces for seeking to hire a prostitute from an agent. infiltration of the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force.
Brown, 58, of Greenville, Pa., was charged with misdemeanors of engaging in prostitution, possession of tools of crime and attempted sexual conduct with an animal.
The attempted sexual behavior with an animal charge was thrown out as part of the plea deal, although Judge Katelyn Dickey ordered he have no more pets besides the living one currently in his house.
Dickey sentenced Brown to 180 days in prison, 120 of which were suspended. He was fined $800 and ordered to take a 12-hour prostitution reduction course. He was ordered 40 hours of community service, but he was allowed to buy back those hours.
Deputy County Attorney Danielle Menning pointed out that when Brown came to eastern Palestine, he brought his official vehicle across state lines and despite his time in drug law enforcement, he said he was okay with the woman being stoned.
Defense attorney Nicholas Barborak said Brown went into why he would do this with multiple medical evaluations. It has been determined that not only may he have had a stroke, but he may be in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
“It was very difficult for him” Barborak said. “He led a life of his own, a life of public service.”
Brown said he spent half his teenage years and his entire adult life involved in community service and believes the diagnoses may explain his recent lack of motor skills and compulsion.
“It’s not me your honor,” said Brown. “I understand at first glance it looks bad, but it’s not me your honor.”
Brown was arrested Nov. 29 by members of the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force after he allegedly arranged to meet a woman for sex in exchange for $300. Furthermore, he allegedly said he was into bestiality and asked the woman to find a dog to join them, stating that he was interested in having sex with the woman after the dog had sex. with her. He also reportedly had no problem with the woman getting high on narcotics during sex.
When Brown arrived for the meeting, he reportedly had ID in the vehicle showing he was a narcotics officer for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. Since 2018, he has also served as Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department for West Salem Township, Pennsylvania, Mercer County Station 73.