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NCJ Number: 250154 Find in a Library
Title: Protecting Children Online: Using Research-Based Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations, Technical Report
Author(s): R. Gregg Dwyer; Michael Seto; Dana DeHart; Elizabeth Letourneau; Tracy McKee; Robert Moran
Date Published: August 2016
Page Count: 54
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-MC-CX-0002
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This project developed empirically based recommendations that assist law enforcement task forces on Internet Crimes Against Children to prioritize cases that involve the production of child pornography rather than its possession/distribution; cases that involve online efforts to lure children into sexual contact rather than those restricted to sexual chat or the exchange of pornographic images; and cases that involve offenders who have committed contact sexual offenses against children over cases of offenders with no known history of such contact.
Abstract: Although all instances of Internet offending against minors require intervention, the large number of cases and limited law enforcement resources require the prioritization of cases. Using data on offender characteristics, crime characteristics, and online behavior from 20 Internet Crimes Against Children task forces from across the United States, the current project identified variables that can be readily available to law enforcement officers at the field-investigation stage for the purpose of distinguishing and giving priority to cases that involve producers of child pornography, contact-driven sexual solicitations of children, and Internet offenders who have also committed contact sexual offenses. It is important that these high-priority cases be identified early in case development so resources may be appropriately allocated as early as possible in the investigation. Identified variables important to the prioritization of cases pertain to offender motivations, solicitation offender types, contact offending history, the risk of sexual recidivism, and the characteristics of online activity. Inferential statistical analysis of data was conducted to identify significant associations among offender, victim, and crime details n order to identify types of offenders. Content analysis of sexual chat text was conducted to identify patterns associated with higher priority cases. The study also exposed the difficulty in conducting a retrospective file-based study using data not originally collected for research. 5 tables and 34 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Pornography; Child Sexual Abuse; Computer related crime; OJJDP final report; OJJDP Resources; Police resource allocation; Priorities determination; Sex offenses
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