‘Predatory’ Carlisle child abuser told to expect long jail term
Last updated at 10:14, Saturday, 07 March 2009
A man who subjected a schoolboy to years of sexual abuse has been warned by a judge to expect a long prison sentence.
John Dixon, 54, of Kirksteads Farm, Moorhouse, near Carlisle, was found guilty at the city’s Crown Court yesterday of six charges dating back to the 1990s.
They were; three of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child and another sexual offence.
Dixon, who has two daughters, admitted a further three sexual assaults on the boy. After the verdicts, Judge Paul Batty QC told him he would be going to prison for a “substantial” length of time.
Dixon was remanded in custody for background reports and will be sentenced on April 2.
During the five-day trial Dixon was described in court as a ‘predatory sexual abuser of the boy’.
The victim in the case, whose identity is protected by law, told the court that he was abused two or three times a week. He said: “I don’t think there were any gaps. It just continued.”
Dixon told the jury that he engaged in sexual activity with the teenager for several years.
He said the relationship carried on until the youth reached the age of 18 and found a girlfriend.
But he said: “I let him please himself and he trampled all over us.”
Dixon told the court that any sexual activity took place once a fortnight or every three weeks.
He said at one point: “I was a bit of a fool.”
First published at 09:09, Saturday, 07 March 2009
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