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JBP: Vol. 5 No. 1
December 2004

CONTENTS

Papers

Staged Burglary: 
Technical Note & Civics Lesson

by Brent E. Turvey, MS

Abstract: This paper discusses the case of homicide staged to appear as a burglary gone wrong.  A crime reconstruction performed by the author demonstrates that the defendant is not the actual perpetrator, but the defendant takes an Alford Plea to avoid heavy sentencing from unrelated charges. The case is closed off of the books, and the true perpetrator of the crime remains unknown.

Profiling Online Sex Offenders: 
A Preliminary Study of 22 Cases

by Kimberly S. Young, PhD

Abstract:  Based upon a study of 22 forensic interviews with suspected sex offenders whose criminal conduct originated from Internet use, this paper examines the role of cyberspace in the development of virtual sex offending cases. A framework that differentiates patterns of online behavior of virtual sex offenders from classic pedophilia is presented, which delineates “situational” from “classic” offenders. Virtual Offenders are more likely to suffer from an addictive disorder motivated by an attempt to use sexual fantasies as a way to escape problems in their lives, acknowledging the exploitative features and harm or pain they inflict. In comparison, Classic Offenders make a conscious attempt to use children for self-gratification driven by a need for power, dominance, control, revenge, or anger, denying the exploitative features and harm and pain they inflict. Behavior patterns that differentiate each type of online sex offender are presented and the role of Internet-enabled pathology, or online sexual compulsivity, in the development of online sexual misconduct is examined. Understanding the psychological issues involved in online sexual misconduct will assist law enforcement and Cyber-Crime units in developing more accurate indicators for pedophile profiling online and will help court systems better understand Internet-enabled pathology and its role in criminal conduct.


Journal of Behavioral Profiling: Volume 5, Number 1, December 2004
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