Friday, July 1, 2011
Kerbet Dixon charged with sex crimes
By Matt Ehalt Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Kerbet Dixon, the father of former UConn women's guard Lorin Dixon and a volunteer assistant with the Murry Bergtraum High School girls basketball team, was arrested Tuesday on charges of rape, criminal sex act and aggravated sex abuse, according to a New York City Police Department spokesperson.
The spokesperson added that there were four cases involving individuals of different ages. Dixon, 47, also has another daughter, CeCe Dixon, who is a rising sophomore on the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team.
Dixon, a Queens court officer, was arraigned on three charges Wednesday, and his bail was set at $10,000 bail bond or $10,000 cash, and neither one had been posted yet, according to the central clerk's office.
The New York Post first reported the arrest.
Murry Bergtraum head coach Ed Grezinsky said the arrest had nothing to do with his team and did not want to comment specifically about the arrest, but only had positives to say about Dixon, who Grezinsky said has been around the program for the last four years. CeCe Dixon played at Murry Bergtraum for three years.
Grezinsky said that Dixon is listed as a volunteer assistant on the Public Schools Athletic League website but does not have a position as a coach. Dixon announces the lineups before the games and helps out with video, if needed, as well as lending moral support, Grezinsky said.
"He's a highly moral guy and he's very good with the kids and he's respected by the whole team," Grezinsky said. "His character is impeccable and I would vouch for him. He has very high standards and he's a good guy and never had any issues. It was only good stuff with the kids and they really liked him. He has the respect of everybody."
Grezinsky later added: "Hopefully everything goes good for him and whatever charges they have against him get dropped. He was a good friend and always fair to us and there for the team when we needed him."
Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.