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 resident of Gunnedah and 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 yesterday.
"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.