Sussex men convicted of historic sex offences against young boys
05 April 2013
Two Sussex men have been convicted today, Friday 5 April, of
sexual offences against young boys between 23 and 26 years ago.
Keith Wilkie Denford, 78, a priest, of Broad Reach Mews,
Shoreham, West Sussex, and Michael Mytton, 69, of South Road, East
Chiltington, East Sussex, known locally as Mark, were convicted at
Hove Crown Court after a three-week trial. The case was adjourned
for sentencing on Thursday 2 May and the defendants remain on bail
Denford was convicted of two indecent assaults on a boy then
under 16, in or near Shoreham, and one indecent assault on another
boy also aged under 16 and also in or near Shoreham, on dates
between June 1987 and January 1990
He was found not guilty of a third charge of indecent assault
against the first boy.
Mytton has been convicted of three counts of indecently
assaulting a boy under 16 in the Newick area between 1990 and
He was found not guilty of one count of aiding and abetting
Denford in the alleged Shoreham indecent assault over which Denford
was found not guilty, and was also found not guilty of two counts
of indecent assault against the boy in the Newick area.
Detective Constable Lee Scott said; "None of these offences had
been reported to us at the times they occurred. When one of the
Burgess Hill victims learned in 2011 that Wilkie Denford was still
active in the church he contacted us and we began enquiries. The
separate victim of Mytton came forward later when he learned of the
"During the investigation we had full co-operation from the
Diocese of Chichester.
"We admire the courage of the victims in coming forward and
being ready to stand up in court. Sussex Police takes all reports
of sexual offences extremely seriously, no matter when they are
alleged to have happened. Anyone with such concerns can contact us
via 101 and arrange to speak in confidence to experienced
detectives.We can also help you to access a range of independent
counselling and other support services."
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