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Former Marine sentenced for child sex charge

Posted July 8, 2011

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— A 21-year-old former Camp Lejeune Marine will spend more than 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a child sex charge, U.S. Attorney George Holding announced Thursday.

Shawn Michael Dixon was sentenced Wednesday to 126 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to entice a child in illegal sexual conduct. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Prosecutors said that Dixon met a 12-year-old girl in an online chatroom in December 2009 and had sexually explicit conversations and engaged in live sexual acts with her online. He arranged to meet with her for sex in April 2010, but one of her family members discovered the plan and contacted authorities, prosecutors said.

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  • bombayrunner Jul 8, 2011

    pretty creepy jarhead.

    When I was in the Navy, we processed a lot of creepy weirdo's from all branches of service. Even one of our Flight Surgeon's was sent to prison for at least 10 years doing almost the same thing but with boys. Unbelieveable.

  • City Boy Jul 8, 2011

    Make no mistake!!! This can happen to any child even in the best of environments, children are curious by nature. Pedophiles are as slick as they come. Yes, we all need to step up the pace in protecting our kids but placing the blame on anyone else than the predator is avoiding the root of the problem.

  • City Boy Jul 8, 2011

    "Why is the fact that he was a former marine have anything to do with this?"

    It has a lot to do with it. It does not condemn the Military, but it does confirm that the hunting of our children shows no distinction between race, creed, gender or social status. Hats off to Law Enforcement and the family of this young girl for interceding before it was to late. This is happening all day, every day, every where. The sub humans that are seeking to harm our children have no concern what they leave in their wake.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 8, 2011

    agglover -

    "It amazes me that you see shows on TV like dateline to catch a predator and these fools still go out and try to get sex from kids that are young."

    What amazes me is that after seeing all these programs, parents still allow their children unsupervised time on computers. This man is at fault for sure, but her parents bear part of the blame too, in my opinion.

    "I will never understand what a grown man could want from a child anyway."

    It's a mental aberration. Some men and women are simply attracted to children not adults; others do it because they're predators at heart and see it as an easy mark...like a lioness that stalks and kills the weak, very young and very old - they don't have to expend as much energy taking down their prey, it's an easy kill for them.

    But for many, I believe it's a mental aberration where they're simply not attracted to mature individuals.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 8, 2011

    "...and engaged in live sexual acts with her online."

    How does one have live sexual acts online?

    Still...this guy was no Marine. A TRUE Marine would never take advantage of the defenseless.

    He's lucky he got the judge he did. Had it been my call, I would hang him.

  • skinnygranny Jul 8, 2011

    Too many times computer=babysitter.

    Raise your kids, people. Quit expecting the TV and Internet and their peers to do it for you.

  • skinnygranny Jul 8, 2011

    Face it parents, your kids are probably chatting about more raunchy sex than you'd ever dare engage in.
    Everyone thinks their kids do no wrong.

    Not that what he did was OK or justified, but I know more 12 years olds that cuss like sailors and have wild sex than anyone I knew when I was that age. Some of the "kids" that come in my store amaze me at the stories and things they talk about and who they did it to.

  • skinnygranny Jul 8, 2011

    Why is the fact that he was a former marine have anything to do with this?

    Quit trying to associate our servicemen as rapists and criminals WRAL.

    Why was marine the only former you mentioned? Wasn't he also a former freemason, former high school student, former husband, former church member, former licensed driver, former.....

  • agglover Jul 8, 2011

    It amazes me that you see shows on TV like dateline to catch a predator and these fools still go out and try to get sex from kids that are young. I will never understand what a grown man could want from a child anyway. It's not her fault that this man is a pervert. I have 2 daughters that are both 17 and they have facebook pages but I also monitor what they do. This very story is the reason my computer is in my living room.

  • djofraleigh Jul 8, 2011

    10 years is too much for NO CONTACT sex. Age on a computer is just a number that doesn't mean as much as seeing someone face to face.

    I guess they used some kind of video hook up.

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