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Explanations given by child pornography offenders for their crimes

dc.contributor.authorSeto, Michael
dc.contributor.authorReeves, Lesley
dc.contributor.authorJung, Sandy
dc.description.abstractThe explanations given by child pornography offenders for their crimes were explored in two samples, one interviewed by the police as part of a criminal investigation and the second assessed by clinicians following a child pornography conviction. There were many similarities across the two samples with regard to demographic characteristics, criminal history and explanations. Many offenders in both samples admitted possession of child pornography, a majority admitted they deliberately accessed child pornography, and substantial minorities acknowledged their sexual interest in child pornography and/or children. Similar proportions claimed curiosity or accidental access. Relatively few offenders reported internet addiction, child pornography as a substitute for contact offending or indiscriminate sexual interests. There was evidence to suggest that the recently arrested offenders were more sexually deviant, as they were more likely to have images of boys, larger collections, images depicting sexual violence or other paraphilic content and more involvement in online trading and communication.
dc.identifier.citationMichael C. Seto, Lesley Reeves & Sandy Jung (2010) Explanations given by child pornography offenders for their crimes, Journal of Sexual Aggression, 16:2, 169-180, DOI: 10.1080/13552600903572396
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dc.subjectchild pornography
dc.subjectinternet offending
dc.subjectmotives for crime
dc.subjectsexual deviance
dc.titleExplanations given by child pornography offenders for their crimesen