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The suspect accused of kidnapping 19-year-old Madelyn Allen in Utah has been denied a request to spend Christmas with his family after a judge ruled against it at a hearing on Wednesday.
Brent Brown, 39, was arrested on Saturday after police found Allen in his basement, thankfully alive but naked and covered in coal dust. Brown was summarily charged with six felonies, including rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, and obstructing justice.
At the bail hearing on Wednesday, Judge Wallace Lee of Utah’s Sixth District Court asked if the accused wished to comment before he rendered a decision on bail. Brown told the judge that he’d “like to be home for Christmas,” local FOX13 reported. He added, “I don’t get to see my kids.”
But, as Brown was wanted for another suspected felony of witness tampering – a case for which he failed to appear – the judge denied him access to his family and determined that he be held without bail.
The story of the adduction and subsequent rescue of Madelyn Allen began on December 13. Allen, a student at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, reportedly left her dormitory to meet with a man she had connected with online; the same man now believed to be her kidnapper, Brown.
The following morning, one of her parents received a rather cryptic message from their daughter. According to the indictment, the text “expressed Madelyn’s love for the parent but provided no additional details.” They grew concerned and contacted Verizon in order to review her phone logs. Using cell phone tower information, they determined she was located in Loa, Utah, 87 miles south of her campus.
Text messages were discovered by authorities that were described as “conversations of a violent sexual nature,” in the indictment. A search was initiated that eventually led them to the home of Brown on December 18. Allen was found in the basement of the home, being held in a coal storage area.
The two had met on the messaging platform Kik. Allen told law enforcement that Brown had held her against her will and had raped her repeatedly, locking her up in his basement while he was away at work during the day. The indictment also alleges that Brown threatened Allen’s family.
Brown contends, however, that Allen had consented to sexual intercourse on multiple occasions, and he claims the situation was part of a kidnapping role-play scenario the two had agreed upon.
Allen was evaluated at a local hospital then reunited with her family, who said on Sunday that they were “overjoyed” that Allen had been found, KSL reported. “She is a fighter. She is now a survivor,” Allen’s uncle said.
In addition to failing to appear on the aforementioned witness tampering charge in Box Elder County, Brown was also wanted for failure to appear on a traffic citation in 2018 in Cache County, and one for an undisclosed charge in 2020 in Wasatch County.
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