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Mother: Athlete facing sex charges contacted my daughter

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The case against a former college football player accused of sex crimes against a child may be growing. As reported Wednesday, parents said the suspect contacted their daughters on Facebook.

The former William Jewell College football player, accused of sexually assaulting two teens, may have also tried to contact several other girls, a concerned mother says.

A Liberty mother contacted KCTV and said Facebook also allowed 20-year-old Blake Brown, now charged with sexual assault, to get in touch with her 13-year-old daughter.

The timing of the Facebook messages makes her terrified that her daughter could have been the victim.

"He messages her, and he says she is gorgeous. It goes on to say, 'Well I'm only 13,' and then he replies, 'So.' And she says, 'Well, maybe we can be friends,' and he says, 'With benefits,'" said the mother, who asked not to be identified.

The mother was on her daughter's Facebook page Monday morning when she says a message from Brown's page popped up.

"I noticed he looked older, so I checked him out and found out he was much older and looked back at all the messages," she said.

The mother also said Brown was text messaging by phone with her daughter and asked her to meet up for sex. The daughter said she never met up with Brown.

She immediately reported it to the Liberty Police Department, and soon learned Brown was also accused of sexually assaulting two other young girls back on Valentine's Day, just two days after the messages started.

Liberty police have confirmed they have an investigation ongoing based on that mother's report. Now investigators said they're looking into whether there could be more victims.

"It's a developing situation and I would ask that if any parents become aware of a possibility that their young teenage daughters have had some involvement with Mr. Brown that they contact the police," Chief Mark Dumolt with the Pleasant Valley Police Department said.

After learning all this information, the mother started digging more into the conversations her daughter had with Brown.

"He had 33 mutual friends between him and my 13-year-old. He's 20 years old. He has no business," she said. "And I knew half of them personally, so I started calling them."

The mother wonders just how many girls he contacted and how far it went.

One of her daughters' friends, who also had contact with Brown on Facebook, said as soon as she started talking to him, he was asking her some personal questions.

"As soon as we started talking he was like, 'Do you ever sneak out? Do you ever go behind your parent's backs?' ... and I was like, 'I'm not that kind of person,'" said the girl, who asked for her identity to be concealed.

Looking back, the girl said she is scared that so many of her friends had contact with Brown.

"It frightened me to think that could have been her, or that could have been me or one of my other friends," the girl said.

Since police knew about the accusations of assault back in February, the mothers wonder why investigators waited until this past Monday to arrest Brown.

"If they had taken this seriously, it wouldn't have gotten possibly to these other girls," the first mom said.

Police counter it's just not that simple to build a case.

"Sometimes when you're doing a complete and accurate, thorough investigation, it just takes time, but it's well within the time limits that would be acceptable," Dumolt said.

The parents of these girls ask other parents to check what their kids are up to.

"You have to be proactive and be responsible because a 13-year-old doesn't always know the right decisions, and the parent has to be the adult and make the right decisions," another mother of one of the girls said.

Both mothers are also asking all parents to log on and check out their kid's message history.

Children safety groups said parents need to take steps to protect younger children who use Facebook. They recommend that parents check to make sure children have their privacy settings set to maximum and profiles can be set to show no information to people who are not friends.

Experts recommend parents "friend" their child on Facebook so they can see what all their friends have posted on their walls. It's also recommended to make sure their account email address is one that the parents have access to - that way they can't change their passwords and other details without a parent's knowledge.

Brown has not only been suspended from the William Jewel football team, but also the school.

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