John / Sally Dixon

John Stephen Dixon / Sally Anne Dixon, a violent male who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court in July 2022 of 30 offences of indecent assault or indecency with a child against seven victims. In September 2022, Dixon, 59, was sentenced to two consecutive nine-year sentences (i.e. 18 years in prison) and will not be eligible for parole for 12 years.

The Daily Mail reports that Dixon, born in 1963, was also jailed for six months in 1997 for the sexual abuse of a teenage boy, but it was not until another victim came forward in 2019 that Dixon’s previous years of serial sexual offending came to light and Sussex Police reopened their investigation.

Dixon was described in court as a “brazen and callous sexual predator”, having perpetrated a systematic campaign of sexual abuse against two boys and five girls lasting eight years during the eighties and nineties.

Media reports indicate that Dixon was sent to HMP Bronzefield, the female prison run by Sodexo, where other trans-identified violent male offenders have repeatedly had to be segregated/moved after being sexually aggressive towards vulnerable female prisoners who have no means of escaping such predators. Prison policy currently states that “all individuals who are transgender must be initially allocated to part of the estate which matches their legally recognised gender” – which in Dixon’s case is male, as Dixon does not have a gender recognition certificate (GRC), the document that confers the legal fiction of female sex. This indicates that the decision to locate Dixon in the female estate was taken while the prisoner was remanded, prior to trial/sentencing.

Detective Constable Amy Pooley of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit said: ‘Dixon came to know these vulnerable young children successively through family connections, and used that trusted access to systematically abuse each of them for sexual gratification, in some cases for several months at a time.

One of Dixon’s female victims said her childhood abuse left her feeling constant anxiety. “I was hoping he would do the right thing for once and not put me through the trial, but he didn’t,” she said. “He is a coward who did not give evidence. He was happy to put us through it but not himself.”

Mercifully, it appears that the court did not compel the victim to use her abuser’s pronouns and – for once – media coverage did not ascribe Dixon’s appalling catalogue of crimes against children to a woman. The police, however, are a different story and spent much of 27 September 2022 issuing thinly veiled threats and insinuating women were motivated by hate when they disputed Dixon being referred to as a woman. As one barrister pointed out, Dixon does not have a GRC so is a man, both in fact and in law.

In a press release reporting Dixon’s sentencing, Sussex Police referred to this violent predator as a woman and, when questioned, labelled Twitter users’ comments as ‘hateful’ and irrelevant – despite the vast majority (98%) of perpetrators of sexual abuse of children being male. As ever, the (objective) sex of the offender is relevant but their (subjective) gender identity is entirely irrelevant. Sussex Police are ranked 49th in the Stonewall Top Employers’ List.

In 2021, The Argus revealed that more than a dozen allegations of sexual assault were made against serving police officers in Sussex over the past five years. Just in the past twelve months, male Sussex police officers have been

  • Convicted of common assault for kicking a vulnerable 13 year old girl in custody – report
  • Arrested on suspicion of rape – report
  • Sacked for gross misconduct after sending a naked selfie to a female sex assault victim – report
  • Investigated for pepper spraying and firing a Taser at a 93-year-old man in a wheelchair, who subsequently died – report
  • Banned from the police for life for inappropriate sexual contact with a vulnerable woman and texting two others – report

Eventually, the Home Secretary stepped in to remind Sussex Police that catching criminals was more important than denying biology. During the trial Judge Van Der Zwart said opportunities to jail Dixon earlier had been missed.

Sussex Police then deleted their various tweets calling women’s comments hateful and irrelevant, and issued a statement. Screenshots of some of the deleted tweets and their context are preserved below.

Photo of John/Sally Anne Dixon: Eddie Mitchell via The Argus

Media reports

Daily Mail archive

Daily Mail archive

BBC: Home Secretary criticises Sussex force for ‘policing pronouns’


The Argus archive

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Sussex Police press release