Man, 82, denies further sex charges as part of Lincoln diocese investigation

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An 82-year-old man charged as part of an investigation in to historic child abuse in the Lincoln Diocese today denied two further offences when he appeared in court.

Roy Griffiths from Sherborne in Dorset appeared at Lincoln Crown Court by video link from Bournemouth Crown Court.

Griffiths pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent assault on a male aged under 16 between January 1966 and December 1969.

At a previous hearing in July last year Griffiths denied child abuse allegations against five other boys in the Lincoln Diocese.

On that occasion Griffiths entered not guilty pleas to 11 sexual offences.

He denied nine charges of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 and two charges of indecency with a child.

Those offences are alleged to have happened between January 1963 and July 1970.

The investigation, called Operation Redstone, is a probe into allegations of abuse dating back to 1958 following a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed in September 2016 that it was looking into abuse claims surrounding the Cathedral School in Lincoln.

Judge John Pini QC adjourned the case for a trial beginning at Lincoln Crown Court on April 3.

The trial is expected to last at least two weeks.

Griffiths, of South Street, Sherborne, Dorset, was granted conditional bail until his trial.