Sussex Priest and Organist in Court over Boy Sex Assaults

BBC News
May 23, 2012

Father Wilkie Denford worked as a vicar at a church in Burgess Hill

A Church of England priest and an organist have appeared in court over the sexual abuse of two young boys in West Sussex in the late 1980s.

Father Wilkie Denford, 77, who is semi-retired and from Shoreham, and Michael Mytton, a 68-year-old organist from near Lewes, were arrested in November.

The pair are accused of abusing the boys between 1987 and 1990.

Both men were given bail at Mid Sussex Magistrates' court and are due to appear again on 3 July.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place while Mr Denford was a vicar at St John the Evangelist, in Burgess Hill.

Mr Denford, of Broad Reach Mews, Shoreham, has been charged with three indecent assaults on a boy then aged under 16.

Mr Mytton, of South Road in East Chiltington, East Sussex, has been charged with aiding and abetting Mr Denford in the alleged assault on a boy in Cuckfield between June 1987 and January 1990.


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