Convicted child sex offender and former Hunter Valley church worker, James Michael Brown was sentenced to 20 years jail time in 2012 for the sexual abuse of over 20 boys over a 20 year period – from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.
Brown plead guilty to 27 offences of indecent and sexual assault, and buggery.
Brown sexually abused boys as young as eight, feeding them with alcohol before abusing them. His role as a youth care worker afforded him continued unsupervised access to trusting and defenceless victims.
James Michael Brown was a volunteer member of the Anglican Church in Kurri Kurri. He often drugged his victims with cannabis and alcohol prior to abuse. He abused children up until 1996 when one of his victims was able to report Brown’s offence to the police.
The abuse was committed in the St Alban’s Boy’s Home, as well on youth trips away to Bathurst and Boat Harbour. One of Brown’s victims was a ward of the state. Brown managed to solicit permission to allow the child to spend his school holidays at Brown’s house, giving Brown the opportunity to perpetrate more sexual abuse.
Brown previously stated that he was abused by a priest when he was 20 years old.
James Brown was originally sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. However, after a Crown appeal, the sentence was increased by a NSW Supreme Court Judge to the maximum of 20 years (12 years non-parole). Brown has served five years of that 20-year conviction and will be eligible for parole in 2023.
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