A PAEDOPHILE who preyed on young girls passed through detailed police vetting to work with a host of children's charities in Crewe.
Michael Dixon, who was known by the nickname 'Minty', was jailed for 12 months after admitting indecent assault and offences involving indecent images of children.
The offences concerned two girls, aged nine and 13.
The 48-year-old, who lived alone on West Street, Crewe, was involved in a number of groups, many working with youngsters.
Until 1997 he helped out at the Our House Community Association. It is believed that while there he used the photocopier to superimpose an image of the nine-year-old girl on a pornographic picture.
Our House vice-chairman Thomas Byrne said Dixon would often spend time scouring the Internet on the association's computer - until he was forced out after being caught downloading pornography.
Dixon also helped set up the South Cheshire and North Staffs Holiday Community, known as SCANS, which took underprivileged children on trips.
He underwent police screening to see if he was suitable to look after the youngsters.
A charity worker who worked alongside Dixon at SCANS described how he supervised 40 children on a trip to Rhyl.
Dixon was also on the committee of the Fort Leighton Action Group, which founded a memorial garden for 12 school-children killed in a bus crash.
He won prizes at Crewe Carnival for floats on themes such as Thomas the Tank Engine and St Trinian's.
His victims' mother, who cannot be named, said: 'He has completely ruined our lives and I don't understand how he could do it.'