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Gloucester Twp. Man Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Child

A judge convicted Christopher Dickerson, 23, of inappropriately touching a young child.

A Gloucester Township man faces 10 years in prison and must register as a sex offender after he was convicted Wednesday of sex crimes against a young child.

Christopher Dickerson, 23, was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree lewdness. According to Assistant Prosecutor Carla Fabrizi, Dickerson inappropriately touched a child younger than 13 at her Gloucester Township home on Jan. 4, 2007. Dickerson and the victim’s family are acquaintances.

Superior Court Judge Gwendolyn Blue convicted Dickerson after a four-day bench trial, a trial decided by a judge rather than a jury.

Dickerson’s conviction means he must register as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law statute. He also faces a 10-year imprisonment on the second-degree sexual assault conviction, the most serious charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2012.

Justice November 03, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Ms. Burgoon, You should look a little deeper into this story. It's interesting that nobody questioned the parents of the victims, who welcomed the 18 year old (Chris) and his friends into their home and distributed drugs and alcohol. If you ask me, the parents of the victim should be charged with distributing drugs and alcohol to a minor. In my opinion, these uneducated, "sue-happy" individuals were targeting him for personal income or attention. (Which is a reason why the court dismissed many other charges on lack of evidence.) Thank you ~ Justice
Paul J. DiBartolo November 04, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Justice, what do you know that we don't know? Every story I've seen on this incident list the perpetrator's age as 23. Why do you identify him as 18?
Sean McCullen (Editor) November 04, 2011 at 01:03 AM
@Paul: The incident occurred back in January 2007, making it possible Dickerson was 18 at the time. He was found guilty on Thursday, at the age of 23.
Michelle Wolfson November 04, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Even if the parents of the victim invited this person in and gave him drugs and alcohol, how does this diminish his culpability? If what you say is true, then perhaps it's true that the parents of the victim should face charges as well, but if a then 18 year old man "innapropriately touched" a then under 13 year old girl, he is still accountable for that crime, is he not?
Justice November 05, 2011 at 12:10 AM
If a man "touched" a child, and was CHARGED with TOUCHING her, don't you think the charges would be a little more than 2nd degree, 3rd degree, and 4th degree? To me, touching is 1st degree. Which, I believe, was dismissed due to lack of evidence. Unfortunately, in a delicate case like this, people automatically assume things. Which is probably why there was a bench trial instead of jury. It's a sad story for ALL parties involved.
Michelle Wolfson November 05, 2011 at 01:55 AM
It is a sad story that is for sure. But I have to disagree with one point- no touching is not a first degree offense. Had he raped her then the charges would have been entirely different. But,whatever the charge, as a mother of a 10 year old girl, if an 18 year old man "touches" my child in ANY way, shape or form, his a** is going to jail.
John Smith January 27, 2012 at 07:27 PM
He was 18 at the time and tried 5 yrs later. Justice is correct in that the step father was in his 30's, hanging around and doing drugs with teenagers. Who knows what happened that day? There was no physical evidence. No one witnessed it. The accused consistently denied it. And the little girl was very small at the time. None of this means anything for sure. And this is a very serious matter. But it is hard to believe that a young man could be convicted beyond a reasonable doubt based solely on the testimony of a very young impressionable girl with less than model parents.
Judith February 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I really have to agree with this. I have watched this young man grow up and he is just not that kind of kid. My heart and prayers go out to both Chris and his family. What a nightmare. I pray that truth will be revealed. I DO NOT believe that this kid touched this little girl.
Dice1989 February 28, 2012 at 06:40 AM
WOW WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE???!!! I knew him to growing up him playing baseball. We used to ride our bikes as kids. Jesus 10 years are you serious??! Get this kid out of jail he doesnt belong in there....Everyone at the house was all messed up probably so im guessing the judge is going by how many people rooted against Chris Dickerson??

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