A former New York State court officer will serve at least 25 years in prison for crimes that include sexually abusing two girls, then 14 and 10, at his home in Queens in an 18-month period in 2008 and 2009.
Kerbert Dixon, 50, was convicted in March on one count each of first-degree course of sexual conduct, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child; 484 counts of possession a sexual performance by a child; and an additional 150 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, according to a statement issued Monday by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Brown said investigators found videos and “hundreds of images” of child pornography on Dixon’s personal computer after executing a search warrant at his Springfield Gardens home.
He said the sentence handed down was entirely appropriate.
“The defendant has now been held accountable and appropriately punished for the vile acts he committed ...” Brown said on Monday.
“[The victims], 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 added.
During the six-week trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the allegations against Dixon first came to light when one of the victims confided in her mother.
Dixon abused the 14-year-old in June 2008 by touching her in an inappropriate manner.
The 10-year-old was touched multiple times between September 2008 and the end of 2009.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter, who broke down during sentencing, according to a New York Post report, slapped Dixon with 25 1/3 to 32 1/3 years in prison.
Dixon had been assigned to civil court in the New York State Supreme Court’s Jamaica courthouse.