September 2017

Former Sea Cadet leader jailed for grooming and abusing vulnerable child

A paedophile who used to be a Sea Cadet leader has been jailed at Croydon Crown Court for a series of indecent assaults on a “vulnerable” boy.

Michael Dickson, from Orpington, appeared at Croydon Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, September 12) and was sentenced to eight years in prison for a series of indecent assaults.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order.

Dickson had pleaded guilty at the same court on Monday, August 7 to five counts of indecent assault.

Three additional counts of indecent assault will lie on file.

The court heard how the 44-year-old had carried out the assaults from 1992 to 2003.

The victim was first abused when he was aged 13 and the abuse continued into his adult life.

In December 2014, when the victim told police about the abuse, an investigation was launched immediately.

When Dickson was arrested on February 25, 2015 he denied abusing the victim.

He was subsequently charged on June 13, 2017.

Dickson was suspended from the Sea Cadets on the day of his arrest and has since been dismissed from the service.

Reacting to the conviction, Detective Constable Mark Tarrant of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “I would like to acknowledge the courage of the victim in coming forward.

“He is now aged in his 30s and has coped for many years with a great deal of psychological stress due to the abuse that he suffered.

“Dickson abused his position of trust and groomed a vulnerable boy in order to abuse him.

“Anyone who has been affected by non-recent sexual offences can be assured that all allegations are fully investigated and every effort will be made to bring offenders to justice.”