Choose sends serial intercourse abuser born a person not legally recognised as feminine to ladies’s jail
A serial youngster intercourse offender has been jailed immediately for no less than 12 years and is being despatched to a ladies’s jail – regardless of not being legally recognised as feminine.
Sally Dixon, 58, started transitioning 18 years in the past and carried out the offences in opposition to seven youngsters from 1989 to 1996 whereas she was a person.
She was discovered responsible on 30 offences of indecent assault or indecency with a toddler in opposition to seven victims in July, the youngest of whom was seven years previous on the time.
A jury took 17.5 hours to seek out her responsible on the fees, and never responsible on three extra.
Ryan Richter, prosecuting, described a marketing campaign of offending in opposition to two boys and 5 ladies lasting eight years.
He advised the court docket: ‘The defendant, dwelling as a person within the late 80s and 90s, was a brazen and callous sexual predator.
‘He exploited younger males and cultivated a poisonous relationship with feminine youngsters who he systematically abused all through their childhoods.’
Sally Anne Dixon, who was born John Stephen Dixon in 1963, married twice and commenced transitioning to stay as a feminine in 2004.
Sally Dixon, 58, is to spend her jail time at a feminine jail after she started transitioning in 2004
Regardless of being jailed for six months in 1997 for the sexual abuse of a teenage by, it was not till a sufferer got here ahead in 2019 that Dixon’s years of offending got here to mild.
Choose Van Der Zwart mentioned alternatives to jail her earlier had been missed.
Lewes Crown Court docket in East Sussex heard Dixon can be despatched to HMP Bronzefield the place she is going to serve her sentence, regardless of not being legally recognised as a girl.
Sporting a pink jumper and dyed pink hair, Dixon scowled, frowned and shook her head throughout a sentencing listening to.
The victims have been now vindicated, the decide mentioned.
Sussex Police reopened their investigation into his earlier offending in 2019 following a brand new criticism from one other sufferer.
Harrowing sufferer statements have been learn to the court docket by victims, now grownup women and men, who described horrific abuse by Dixon.
One lady mentioned her childhood abuse left her feeling fixed anxiousness.
‘I hoped he would do the precise factor for as soon as and never put me by the trial however he didn’t.
‘He’s a coward who didn’t give proof.
‘He was comfortable to place us by it however not himself.’
Dixon lived in Crawley and Bexhill the place he labored repairing TVs and as a DJ round native bars, golf equipment and a caravan park.
The court docket heard he abused the kids at a lock-up storage and in a caravan on the south coast.
Dixon was given consecutive 9 yr custodial sentences with two one yr prolonged licences and can serve at the very least 12 years in custody earlier than changing into eligible for parole.
Detective Constable Amy Pooley of the Sussex Police Complicated Abuse Unit mentioned: ‘Dixon got here to know these weak younger youngsters successively by household connections, and used that trusted entry to systematically abuse every of them for sexual gratification, in some instances for a number of months at a time.
‘Solely when one of many victims finally got here to us in 2019 was the horrible and distressing nature of Dixon’s offending over a few years lastly uncovered.
‘As one sufferer escaped this predatory curiosity, one other would take their place, however typically some victims can be offended in opposition to concurrently.
‘This case reveals once more that we’ll at all times observe up such stories, irrespective of how way back the occasions are mentioned to have occurred, to assist victims and to see if we will obtain justice for them wherever the proof justifies that.’
His Honour Choose Mark Van Der Zwart heard in July that Dixon didn’t have a Gender Recognition Certificates.
She’s going to serve time on the ladies’s jail regardless of not having a gender recognition certificates – the doc which permits transgender individuals to legally be recognised as an alternate gender. It’s understood she could have all of the regular alternatives different prisoners on the jail have.