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Judge Weeps As He Sentences Man To Prison For Child Rape And Pornography

| by Dominic Kelly

A Queens judge broke down on the bench as he sentenced a man to nearly 30 years in prison for sexual abuse and child pornography.

Judge Richard L. Butcher told Kerbet “Kirby” Dixon that he has never seen a more horrible case in nearly three decades as a judge.

“In 27 years on the bench, I have not seen a more repulsive case,” said Butcher. “Justice is a poor replacement ... the lengthy prison sentence I propose will not restore the sweet innocence of the child.”

50-year-old Dixon was convicted just last month of raping his wife’s 7-year-old niece. In addition to the sexual abuse, Dixon was also found guilty of more than 480 counts of child pornography.

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“Innocent children were exploited in his porn collection, children engaging in sexual acts with adults, some with the look of a deer in headlights, images I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget their little faces, young children,” said Butcher as tears rolled down his face. “Objectified, degraded for the heartless and repulsive satisfaction of a pedophile.”

Dixon is a former Queens court officer and girls basketball coach at Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum High School. According to the New York Post, Dixon was also charged with other counts of sexual abuse against two different nieces, but those ended in mistrials. However, as part of a deal, Dixon had to plead guilty to those two charges. Those girls were reportedly 10 and 14 when the abuse happened.

“In an interest of justice, to avoid another trial and compelling the victims to testify again, the defendant will plead guilty to the remaining counts,” demanded Butcher.

“This defendant is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, both within his family and his community,” said Butcher of Dixon. “He cultivated his image of being kindly Uncle Kirby, providing gifts, taking them on trips, but this kindness did not motivate him. This conduct was carried out for a malicious purpose.”

During the sentencing, the prosecution read a heartbreaking statement from the family of the youngest victim.

“We would like to say how much we truly loved you,” read the statement. “This was the ultimate betrayal. Never in a million years did we think you were the monster we had to protect our kids from.”

Dixon’s attorney, Richard Mischel, says they plan to appeal the judge’s sentence.