By Brian R. Ballou and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
A 38-year-old Dorchester man today admitted raping three woman in Boston in the early 1990s, crimes that sent an innocent man to prison for 12 years and led one of his victims to leave the city, never to return.
Jerry Dixon answered questions from Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball in a raspy voice during an hour-long hearing attended by Anthony Powell, who was wrongly convicted in 1992 of one of the attacks. Powell was released state prison with the help of the Innocence Project in 2004.
Dixon today admitted that he sexually assaulted three women in 1991 – at Townsend Street in Roxbury, Armory Street in Jamaica Plain, and the Academy Homes housing development – and was sentenced to serve 30 years in state prison.
Powell declined to speak to reporters after Dixon was sentenced.
Dixon’s attorney, Veronica White, said in court that Dixon was introduced to alcohol by his parents when he was a child, perhaps as young as 6 years old.
At the time of the attacks in 1991, White said, “he was out of control. He was alcoholic and indicated that he blanked out during those events. He said he specifically doesn’t have any memory of those rapes.’’
But two of the women whom Dixon now admitted raping submitted victim impact statements, but did not attend the hearing. One woman said she moved out of Boston after she was violated, and has never returned.
Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Leora C. Joseph said in court that the prosecution of Dixon was unprecedented for Suffolk prosecutors. Prosecutors indicted him solely on the strength of his DNA profile that was collected following an unrelated conviction in 2007.
Police got a break in the cases in 2007 when Dixon was convicted of motor vehicle offenses. Because of a previous offense, a 1991 armed robbery case, he was ordered to submit a DNA sample. That sample matched DNA that had been preserved from two rapes in 1991.