A RETIRED Church of England priest found guilty of child sex abuse offences dating back more than 25 years was yesterday jailed for 18 months.
A judge said there could be “no greater breach of trust than a man playing the role of a man of God” to use his position to abuse children, as he jailed Father Keith Wilkie Denford,.
Prosecutors said Denford, 78, who was vicar at St John the Evangelist Church in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, used the respectability of the cassock to groom and abuse two boys over an 18-month period from when they were aged around 13.
On one occasion he got into a bath with one of the boys while aroused.
On another he pressed himself up against a boy intimately.