Jeff Labrecque
February 17, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST

Keith Brown, the patriarch of the family whose children make up the classical piano group The 5 Browns, has been charged with the sexual abuse of his three now-adult daughters, according to the AP. UPDATE: Brown pleaded guilty today to a first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child, related to events that occurred between 1990 and 1998. In a statement, a spokesperson for the musical group said:

“This morning, Keith Brown pled guilty to felony charges of sexual abuse involving his daughters.

The case, brought by the Utah County Attorney’s Office, was initiated by the three Brown sisters. The women were motivated to approach law enforcement out of concern for the welfare and protection of other young women and girls. All three sisters are at peace with the agreement that has been reached in this case. While clearly the current events surrounding the family are painful, the sisters were well prepared for this day, and are relieved and grateful to close this chapter in their lives.

At this time the Brown sisters wish to express their deep gratitude to Deputy Utah County Attorney David Sturgill, Lone Peak Police Detective Jamie Brooks and all others who assisted in this case, for their professionalism and commitment to the three women’s needs and welfare. Throughout the process, these dedicated public servants demonstrated tremendous care and respect, sought feedback and worked diligently to address all the women’s concerns.

The 5 Browns have been graced with enduring solidarity and unity amongst each other and their spouses. They also continue to draw upon deep reservoirs of comfort from the kind wishes and prayers of their many friends and supporters. Thank you.

Due to the sensitive nature of the case and the fact that it is ongoing (until sentencing has been concluded), no interviews will be given at this time. Each of The 5 Browns and their spouses will determine when (and whether) to share their stories. We ask that members of the media please respect the privacy of The 5 Browns and their spouses by giving them the time and space they need to heal.”

Brown and his wife, Lisa, were in a car accident in Salt Lake City on Valentine’s Day that required them both to be hospitalized, but Brown appeared today in court to make his guilty plea. The 55-year-old, who could face life in prison, could not be reached for comment at this time.

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