A Manhattan man was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison Friday for sodomizing an 11-year-old girl more than two decades ago.
Investigators in 2017 were able to tie William Dixon, 61, to the sick 1993 attack after testing an old sex assault evidence kit.
Cops said Dixon attacked the girl at knifepoint in Hamilton Heights after she ran out to do an errand for her mother on a school break.
Dixon followed the girl into a building, pulled her hat over her eyes and forced her to the rooftop, where he sodomized her, prosecutors said.
“He followed her up the stairs,” said Assistant District Attorney Martha Bashford at Dixon’s Manhattan Supreme Court sentencing. “And he held a knife to her throat.”
The girl went to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center following the attack, where a sexual assault evidence kit, or “rape kit,” was collected. In 2003, the District Attorney’s Office got a “John Doe” indictment of the unknown attacker that listed the perp by his DNA profile.
When Dixon was charged with another sex assault crime in 2016, prosecutors got a hit off the 1993 evidence kit — and went after him for that crime as well.
The 1993 victim, now a 37-year-old woman, read a victim impact statement to the court prior to Dixon’s sentencing.
“It affected me a lot and I’m still very on edge,” she said. “Going out, I’m still always looking over my shoulder — everywhere I go.”
Dixon pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sex act in the first-degree on Sept. 4. In a deal with prosecutors, he will serve between 10 and 20 years in state prison.
“This case – a brutal sex assault on an 11-year-old girl – underscores the importance of ending the national rape kit backlog by testing every kit,” Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance said in a statement.
“For more than two decades, William Dixon evaded law enforcement while this young victim agonized over whether her assailant would ever be held accountable.”