52 year-old William Stuart Brown was found dead in his prison cell early on the morning of Wednesday, May 12, 2004, less than 24 hour after receiving a 13 year sentence from the Almapura District Court for sexually molesting two teenaged boys.
Brown's death, apparently at his own hands, brought to an end a story that had gained international press coverage and strong interest from local and international groups working to prevent the sexual abuse of children. In a letter reportedly written before hanging himself with strips of cloths torn from a prison mattress, Brown blamed "media hysteria" for the severity of his sentence insisting he never sodomized the two boys, aged 12 and 14, claiming he committed "lesser sexual acts" which were consensual. He also denied accusations that he was part of an organized ring of pedophiles operating in the region.
Brown had served as a second secretary in the foreign aid section of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta from 1982 to 1984.
Prior to his arrest in East Bali, Brown living in semi-retirement in Bali had worked as a volunteer English teacher at a local tourism academy.
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