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Sentence doubled for paedophile church worker
A former Hunter Valley church worker has had his sentence doubled for sexually abusing 20 boys.
Earlier this year, former Anglican church youth worker, James Michael Brown, was sentenced to 10
years jail with six years non-parole for abusing the boys between the 1970s and 90s.
He admitted giving boys as young as eight alcohol before abusing them, mainly at Kurri Kurri.
Victims were outraged by the sentence and the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed.
Today the Court of Criminal Appeal doubled Brown's sentence to 20 years jail with 12 years non-parole.
One of his victims, Phil, is thrilled.
"Finally someone listened too us - that it's not alright to go raping children," he said.
Another victim, Ray, welcomes the sentence but says the pain continues.
"It'll never be closure because you never forget it," he said.
Newcastle's Anglican Bishop, Brian Farran, has previously expressed deep regret for the abuse.
Sex abuser's jail sentence doubled
A "sexual predator" who abused 20 boys over two decades has had his jail sentence doubled
to at least 12 years in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.
James Michael Brown, 62, a former Anglican church youth group worker, was sentenced to a
minimum of six years' imprisonment in the East Maitland District Court on March 2 this year.
He had pleaded guilty to 27 counts relating to sexual misconduct with 20 boys aged between
eight and 17 from 1974 to 1996.
A further 20 charges were also taken into account, including homosexual intercourse with a
person under 18, indecent assault and committing acts of gross indecency.
The Crown appealed against Brown's maximum 10-year sentence in the NSW Court of Criminal
Appeal, arguing it was manifestly inadequate.
The three-judge panel agreed and quashed the original sentence on Tuesday.
"The aggregate sentence imposed by his honour was manifestly inadequate to reflect the
seriousness of the offending over 22 years upon 20 victims," the judgment said.
It said the high level of criminality was obvious in the commission of many serious
offences over a long period of time and that Brown constantly found new victims.
"When he found them, he accompanied his behaviour with the accoutrements of the
experienced sexual predator, showing his victims pornographic films and plying
them on occasion with alcohol and drugs."
Brown was resentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Taking into account time served, he will be eligible for parole in November 2023.
Serial paedophile sentenced
Serial paedophile James Michael Brown was sentenced to six years behind bars in
East Maitland District Court today.
Brown, 61, sexually abused 20 victims while he was a volunteer with the Anglican
Church at Kurri Kurri between 1974 and 1995.
He pleaded guilty to a string of indecent and sexual assault charges in April last year.
He first went into custody in November last year after pleading guilty to further offences.
Judge John North sentenced Brown to 10 years jail with a six-year non-parole period.
He will be eligible for release on November 23, 2017.
Church worker pleads guilty to paedophile charges
A former Anglican church worker has pleaded guilty to dozens of child sex offences,
after being charged with abusing more than 20 boys.
Police say James Michael Brown, widely known as Jim, abused up to 23 boys while
working for the church in the New South Wales Hunter Valley and central west
regions between the 1970s and 1990s.
The charges include indecent assault and committing acts of indecency.
The 61-year-old appeared relaxed and rattled coins in his pockets as his barrister
entered guilty pleas to 26 of 154 child sex charges.
The Crown accepted his pleas and dismissed 103 of the charges, but noted a further 19
offences would be taken into account when Brown is sentenced in the Newcastle District
Court next month.
Some of Brown's victims were in the court's public gallery today and appeared relieved
as the guilty pleas were entered.
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