Prosecutors said Denford, 78, 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 occasion he pressed himself up against a boy intimately with the words: "How nice it is to have a cuddle".
More top news
Simon's Blog - Autumnal Images
Friday night's forecast for the east of the region
Friday night's forecast for the west of the region