Man jailed for historic sex offences

A 63-year-old Palmerston North man has been sentenced to imprisonment for historic sex offences against a minor at an Auckland school.

Keith William Dixon pleaded guilty in February to two charges of inducing a boy aged under 16 to do an indecent act on him, at the school in 1973.

The former school tutor appeared in Auckland District Court today where he received two years and two months prison time.

The charges stem from 1973 offences which took place at the school.

Dixon induced the 9-year-old boy into indecent acts. Other boys were present during the offending.

In sentencing, Judge Edward Paul told Dixon his offending was selfish, against a vulnerable 9-year-old victim.

"This is not insignificant offending. It is serious. This type of offending is particularly harmful.

"There's a gross breach of trust, that cannot be avoided. It was pre-meditated."

It was revealed in court Dixon had been sentenced to another prison sentence in 1997, for "similar offending".

In his victim impact statement - parts of which were read out in court, but which was supplied in full to the Herald by the victim - the victim said the pain caused by the offending, 40 years later, "never goes away".

"You used your power as an adult in a position of authority for your own selfish desires, with no regard to anything but your own satisfaction," he said.

"I wondered about my life, how it might have turned out if you had not molested me.

"Could I have become a teacher, as I wanted ... Could I have become a parent? Could I have married?

"I do hope that in coming forward, this might provide the courage for others to do so."

In sentencing, Judge Paul said the victim impact statement made "very sad reading".

Having started at a prison sentence of three years, the judge awarded Dixon discounts for his early guilty plea and took into account his age and health.

- By Sam Boyer of the NZ Herald

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