A man is accused of 76 sexual offences against underage boys over the span of 25 years.

Ian Silvester, of Locks Hill, Portslade, is accused of several offences between 1986 and 2019.

Silvester, 59, is charged with 42 incidents of indecent assaults against boys under the age of 16 and 26 incidents of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with boys aged between 13 to 15.

The non-penetrative sexual activity and indecent assaults are alleged to have happened between 1986 and 2011.

Some of the charges are for boys under the age of 14.

The accusations are alleged to have happened in Hove, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Portslade and other locations in Sussex.


One of the accusations was said to have been in an unknown field.

Silvester has three charges of making indecent photographs/pseudo-photographs of a child. One of the images is category A, the most serious category of illegal photos.

These charges are alleged to have happened between 2009 and 2019.

He also faces three accusations of sexual assaults against boys by intentionally touching them without consent. Silvester also faces one charge of sexual assault against a male aged over 16.

As part of his bail arrangements, eighteen names were read out in Brighton Magistrates’ Court who Silvester is not allowed to contact.

District Judge Amanda Kelly said he is to not have contact with any young people under the age of 16.

The case was adjourned until January 10.