Gulfport Arrests Repeat Offender for Sexually Battery on Child

Cathy Salustri


Gulfport Arrests Repeat Offender for Sexually Battery on Child

Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

In April 2010, Gulfport Officer Matt Parks arrested Anthony Dixon for sexual battery. Dixon, who already had an arrest record for battery (2006), theft (2006), and marijuana possession (2006), pled to a lessor charge of battery. He went on to get arrested for disorderly intoxication (2012), violation of probation (2011 and 2012), failure to appear on a charge of felony battery (2012), and disorderly conduct (2012)

 Gulfport Detective Sergeant Tom Woodman arrested him again this past Friday (April 4) for sexual battery “after he confessed to fondling and ultimately digitally penetrating a 12-year old female who was known to him,” Detective Sergeant Woodman said in a press release Tuesday afternoon. Dixon was already in jail when Detective Sergeant Woodman interviewed him and arrested him last week. 

 To protect the identity of the victim, Detective Sergeant Woodman declined to release further details but did say that, if convicted, Dixon, who lives at 5209 10th Avenue South in Gulfport, faces up to 15 years in prison.

 Although the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office lists Dixon’s address as St. Petersburg, it is a Gulfport address. The Sheriff also lists St. Petersburg as the arresting agency; Detective Sergeant Woodman assured the Gabber that he works for the Gulfport Police, not St. Petersburg.

 When Gulfport Detective Sergeant Woodman arrested Dixon for sexual battery Friday, Dixon was already in the Pinellas County jail. St. Petersburg Police had arrested him two days prior for violation of probation (for being out past the court-ordered 10 p.m. curfew), possession of marijuana and misuse of the 911 system. Dixon allegedly called 911 to get the police to come arrest the police for attempting to arrest his friend, who was in a fight.