Monday, December 29, 2008

Sexual Predators -- Do They Always, Almost Always, Often, Ordinarily, or Rarely Do It Again?

Charles H. Rose III, "Caging the Beast: Formulating Effective Evidentiary Rules to Deal with Sexual Offenders," 34 American Journal of Criminal Law 1, 2-3 (2006) (footnotes omitted):
Media coverage of heinous acts of barbarism by sexual predators creates a sense within the public eye that uncontrollable predators lurk around every corner, waiting to prey upon our children through tools of technology that we do not quite understand and therefore fear. Our society believes that once an individual commits an act constituting a sexual offense crime under our statutory provisions, [he or she is] lost.

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Most Americans believe that it is not a question of if, but when, a sexual predator will commit another sexual crime. That belief is warranted for a small minority of sexual offenders, but the vast majority do not fall under that umbrella.

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