Sussex sex abuse priest Keith Wilkie Denford banned for life

  • 25 March 2014
  • From the section Sussex
Father Keith Wilkie Denford
Image caption Denford was jailed for 18 months for abusing teenage boys

A retired Church of England priest who was jailed for 18 months for abusing teenage boys has been banned from ministerial practice for life.

Keith Wilkie Denford, of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, was found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys in April 2013 after a trial.

Police were alerted in 2012 when one of Denford's victims discovered he was still in contact with children.

The Diocese of Chichester said the most severe sanction possible was imposed.

Denford had denied abusing the boys between 1987 and 1990, while he was vicar at St John the Evangelist Church in Burgess Hill.

Jailing the 78-year-old at Hove Crown Court in April, Judge Paul Tain said: "There can be no greater breach of trust than a man playing the role of a man of God, and as the spiritual adviser to the family concerned, to take advantage of that position to abuse small children."

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