A former school teacher wanted on child sex abuse charges and arrested earlier this month by U.S. Marshals has been extradited to Norman.

U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force in Oklahoma City and deputies from the Eastern District of Texas arrested former Norman resident Brandon Wayne Brown, 35, Feb. 4 in Gordonville, Texas. He was hiding in a relative’s home on the Texas side of Lake Texoma, according to Marshals. He waived extradition Feb. 5.

According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Brown was booked into the county jail Feb. 10. He was released two days later.

Cleveland County First Assistant District Attorney David Brockman said a bond hearing was held for Brown when he returned. At the hearing, Special District Judge Rod Ring set Brown’s bond at $150,000 and ordered restrictions.

Brockman said Brown must wear an ankle monitoring device.

“He has been ordered not to have contact with any alleged victims,” Brockman said.

According to court papers, as conditions of his release, Brown must surrender his passport or ID allowing travel out of the United States, he cannot leave Cleveland County without the court’s permission, his curfew is between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. He cannot be out of his home during those hours.

Court papers state Brown is not allowed to have firearms in his house or in his possession. He cannot change his residence without permission of the court. Brown cannot purchase any cell phones and must give all current phone numbers as part of his supervision.

Court records show Brown was charged Nov. 25 with three counts of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography in Cleveland County. An arrest warrant also was filed the same day.

Brown allegedly molested a girl in June 2008, according to the charges filed.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Kimberley Heath said Brown was a former Putnam City School district teacher before the charges were filed in November.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl, now 11, allegedly told her mother about the abuse. Norman police were told about the allegations.

Officers questioned Brown about the alleged abuse, and he denied abusing the child, according to the affidavit. During their investigation, police seized several computers from Brown’s home.

“During the forensic examination of the computers, a black computer that was seized from the defendant’s bedroom was found to contain approximately 310 images that appear to be child pornography,” according to the affidavit.

Court records show Cleveland County prosecutors charged Brown Oct. 23, 2009, with two misdemeanor counts of threatening a violent act. Brown allegedly threatened to kill Associate District Judge Stephen Bonner and Assistant District Attorney Meredith Tipton, according to court papers.

Brown has a preliminary hearing conference scheduled today in relation to the felony charges.

Meghan McCormick366-3539mmccormick@normantranscript.com

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