September 2006

Disgrace of ex-Navy man who lured girl, 14, into sex attack

A Judge labelled a former Royal Navy sailor a “dirty old man” for molesting a teenager at his home.

George Dixon, 63, of Hull, admitted sexually assaulting the 14-year-old girl last year.

Dixon also admitted possession of an indecent photograph of an underage girl and was jailed at Hull Crown Court for 18 months.

Judge Roger Thorn told Dixon, who has links with church and Navy groups in Hull: “You have served your country but you have become the archetypal dirty old man. You must know the public take a very serious view of child abuse.” Dixon plied the girl with alcohol before taking her into his bedroom.

Prosecutor Simon Waley told the court: “The defendant asked the girl if she was going to say goodnight.

“She got into bed with him and he touched her. She tried to close her legs but he pushed them apart again.” The court heard the girl had written a poem containing sexual overtones, which Dixon had seen.

Dixon had also written a poem, which he said was meant to highlight the “beautiful” side to sex.

Mr Waley said: “She was invited into his bed. She was wearing shorts and T-shirt. He touched her.

“A short while later there was a confrontation on the landing. He said, ‘I am not going to rape you. Perhaps we could do it again without the underwear’.” Dixon was caught when the girl, who is not related to him, told a school friend about the incident. She later confided in a teacher.

Mr Waley said Dixon confessed to the attack during police interview. He later pleaded guilty at court.

John Thackray, in mitigation, appealed to the judge for a suspended sentence, insisting that his client’s character was unblemished until last year.

He said: “My client is remorseful. He knows that he has brought shame on both himself and his family.

“He served for 12 years in the Royal Navy and 14 years in the Merchant Navy. Mr Dixon is also involved in the church.” Mr Thackray read out a character reference from one of Dixon’s friends, who insisted he was “nothing less than a gentleman” and “always trustworthy”.

Judge Thorn said he had no option but to jail Dixon for 18 months and place him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

He said: “This was a well-prepared scenario.

“You were in a position of trust. You provided alcohol and you invited her into your bedroom.”