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NCJ Number: 156994 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Fixed Propensity to Commit Sexual Offenses: A Preliminary Report
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:284-294
Author(s): L E Beutler; R M Hinton; M Crago; S J Collier
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Twenty-three male sex offenders who were being charged with at least their second offense completed the Sexual Offenses Assessment Scale, developed to assess various characteristics of sexual offenses.
Abstract: The results were analyzed to determine if patterns of similarity exist that characterize the acts of specific offenders and to determine if there is a relationship between the similarity of offenses and the likelihood of repeated offenses. The findings support the hypothesis that sexual offenses committed by the same offender were more similar than those committed by different offenders. In this group of offenders, patterns of offending, once established, remained quite stable. Offenders who were more aggressive tended to be so across all of their offenses, while less aggressive offenders tended to remain less aggressive, but continued to pursue the same victim for additional sexual acts. Within each of these two categories, individual offenders adopted unique and identifiable subordinate patterns. The results suggest that it may be possible to determine the probability that a particular offense was committed by a particular offender. Furthermore, similarity between offenses may be a useful indicator of the offender's future dangerousness. 1 table and 7 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Recidivists; Sex offender profiles; Sex offense investigations
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