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Court Officer Guilty of Sex Abuse – QNS.com

Court Officer Guilty of Sex Abuse

Also Had Kiddie Porn Stash On His Computer

A New York State court officer has been convicted of possessing child pornography and sexually abusing two young family members in his Springfield Gardens residence in separate incidents between 2008 and 2009, prosecutors announced.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified the defendant as Kerbet Dixon, 50, a court officer who was last assigned to the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, in Jamaica.

Following a six-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter, the jury recently returned a partial verdict, convicting Dixon of one count of first-degree course of sexual conduct, one count of third-degree sexual abuse, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, 484 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and 150 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child.

Last Wednesday, Mar. 12, Justice Buchter declared a mistrial with respect to the remaining four counts against Dixon after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision following four days of deliberation.

Sentencing is set for Apr. 9, at which time Dixon faces up to 25 years in prison on the counts of sexual conduct charge and multiple consecutive terms of 2 1/3 to seven years on each of the promoting a sexual performance by a child charges.

“[Dixon] has been found guilty of knowingly and wilfully violating his position of trust within his own family by sexually abusing two young and very vulnerable female relatives, who must now suffer the burden of bearing the emotional scars of his criminal acts for the rest of their lives,” Brown said in a statement.

According to trial testimony, Dixon sexually abused a 14-year-old female relative in June 2008 by touching her breast and genitals. On multiple occasions between Sept. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009, Dixon endangered the welfare of a 10-yearold female family member by touching her also in a sexual manner.

The case came to light when one of the victim’s confided in her mother about Dixon’s actions.

While executing search warrants at Dixon’s residence following his arrest, it was noted, investigators found dozens of videos and images of child pornography on his computer.

Assistant District Attorney Kenneth M. Appelbaum, deputy bureau chief of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Marjory Fisher, Special Victims Bureau chief, and Senior Assistant District Attorney Kateri A. Gasper, of the District Attorney’s Special Proceedings Bureau, Computer Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case under the supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders.

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