Christian brother to serve more jail time as court finds sex abuse sentence inadequate

A CHRISTIAN brother who sexually abused 20 boys will spend more time behind bars after a Victorian court found his sentence  was “manifestly inadequate”.

Edward “Ted” Bales was originally handed a maximum six-year jail term with parole eligibility after three years for pleading guilty to 34 historical child sex abuse charges.

In the court of appeal on Friday, Bales’ sentence was increased to a maximum eight years and five months with a non-parole period of five years and eight months, after finding the original sentence was inadequate.