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DISTRICT ATTORNEY

QUEENS COUNTY
125-01 QUEENS BOULEVARD KEW GARDENS, NEW YORK 11415-1568 718-286-6000

Release 46-2014 www.queensda.org

RICHARD A. BROWN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

CONTACT: KEVIN RYAN HELEN PETERSON MERIS CAMPBELL (718) 286-6315

COURT OFFICER SENTENCED TO UP TO 32 1/3 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING TWO YOUNG FEMALE RELATIVES AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY Had Hundreds Of Pornographic Videos And Images On His Computer Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a New York State court officer has been sentenced to up to 32a years in prison for sexually abusing two young family members, then ages 10 and 14, in his Queens residence in separate incidents during an 18-month period between 2008 and 2009. The defendant was additionally convicted of both possessing and promoting a sexual performance by a child in connection with videos and hundreds of images of child pornography found on his computer. District Attorney Brown said, The defendant has now been held accountable and appropriately punished for the vile acts he committed against two young family members. They, like the children depicted being sexually abused in the photographs found on his computer, must now suffer the burden of bearing the emotional scars of having been victimized by a sexual predator. The District Attorney identified the defendant as Kerbet Dixon, 50, who resides in Springfield Gardens, Queens. As a court officer, Dixon was last assigned to the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, in Jamaica, Queens. Defendant Kerbert Dixon was convicted last month 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 following a six-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter, who sentenced the defendant today to 25a to 32a years in prison. District Attorney Brown said that, according to trial testimony, Dixon sexually abused a 14year-old female relative in June 2008 by touching her breast and genitals. On multiple occasions between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009, Dixon endangered the welfare of a ten-year-old female family member by touching her also in a sexual manner. In addition, according to trial testimony, while executing search warrants at Dixons residence following his arrest investigators found dozens of videos and images of child pornography on his computer. The case came to light when one of the victims confided in her mother about Dixons actions. Assistant District Attorney Kenneth M. Appelbaum, Bureau Chief of the District Attorneys Special Victims Bureau and Senior Assistant District Attorney Kateri A. Gasper, of the District Attorneys Special Proceedings Bureau, Computer Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case under the supervision of former Special Victims Bureau Chief Marjory D. Fisher and the overall 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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