Note: Also lived in Billingham, Durham

July 2017

Pervert jailed for abusing children

A sex offender who convinced friends he was “loving and caring” has been given a 25-year extended jail sentence for vile sex attacks on two child victims.

Labourer James Dickson, 50, had tried to claim the youngsters and others who gave evidence had lied during his trial at Canterbury Crown Court but Judge Simon James has told him: “The reality is it was you who was the one who was living a lie.”

Dickson, who had lived in Canterbury, was found guilty of eight rape and sex assault charges, and had previously been convicted of possessing child sex images.

The judge ruled that he would have to serve two-thirds of a 20-year jail term before he can even apply for parole.

He then ordered an extra five years be added to his licence when he is eventually released.

Judge James added: “You persuaded friends and family that you were loving and caring when in reality you were engineering opportunities to indulge your deep-seated sexual attraction to children.

“That was further evidenced by your convictions for deliberately accessing images of child sexual abuse over the internet.”

The court heard that Dickson is still denying he carried out the attacks, which span almost 15 years and only came to light when one brave victim alerted her mother to an attack in Dover.

Detectives discovered similar attacks going back a number of years.

Judge James said: “This has resulted in a grave cause for concern because you have, in my judgement, shown no remorse or insight into how your actions have affected others.

“Your selfishness and failure to grasp how your actions impact on others shows you to be a man who shows concern for no one other than yourself.

“That leads me to conclude you are someone who poses a significant risk of causing future harm.

Dickson’s attacks have had a “permanent and negative effect” on both victims and their families, the court heard.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register and the judge imposed a sexual harm prevention upon his release.

Dickson, who denied the rape and sex assault charges, said he was hoping to make a new life in Teeside when he is released.