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Former Orpington Sea Cadet leader who abused 13-year-old boy will spend life on sex offender register

PUBLISHED: 09:27 13 September 2017

Michael John Dickson

Michael John Dickson

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He has since been dismissed from the service

A paedophile who abused a teenage boy into his adult life has been jailed for eight years.

Michael John Dickson, of Selwyn Place in Orpington, began to abuse his victim in 1992, when he was 19-years-old.

He preyed on his victim, a 13-year-old boy, while working as a Sea Cadet leader in the town.

The 44-year-old carried out a number of assaults for the next 11 years, with the abuse finally ending in 2003.

In December 2014, the victim came forward to reveal the abuse to police and an investigation was launched immediately.

Dickson, who was still working as a Sea Cadet leader, was arrested on February 25, 2015, causing the youth organisation to suspend his membership.

He has since been dismissed entirely.

In June this year he was finally charged by police, and he admitted to five counts of indecent assault in August.

Three more counts under the same charge will lie on file.

On Tuesday, September 12, Dickson was jailed for eight years, he was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life and also received a lifetime banned from working with children.

Det const Mark Tarrant of the Met’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.”

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