The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Multi-criminal and violent groups among child sex offenders: An heuristic typology in a 2-year cohort of 374 men in two English counties

Record type: Article

Objective: To determine the lifetime criminality of men charged with a sexual offence against a child and to identify any heuristic typologies.
Method: The police files of a 2-year cohort of 462 men charged with a sexual offence against a minor (<17) in two English counties were analyzed; 374 were convicted. The patterns of their convictions produced a typology based upon judicially substantiated parameters.
Results: Half the guilty men had prior convictions for non-sexual crimes, including 24% with convictions for violent offences. Three heuristic groups emerged: ''Sex-Only'' offenders (S.O., n = 186); ''Sex And Other'' offenders (S.A.O., n = 97); and ''Sex and Violent'' offenders (S.V., n = 91), averaging three sex convictions each. However, the S.A.O. and S.V. men had more non-sexual than sex convictions, averaging 5.1 versus 10.5, justifying the designation of ''multi-criminal'' child sex abusers. However, the patterns of these men's sexual offending did not differ, except that the S.O. men's victims were significantly more often intra-family, 36%, 31%, and 13%, respectively; indicating that the majority of these men's victims were extra-familial (71%). Significantly, 19% of the convicted men had at least one ''not guilty'' verdict for a sex charge, as opposed to 4% for non-sexual crimes.
Conclusions: While the S.O. group appear to consist of traditional types of fixated and regressed offenders, in men charged with offences, they are atypical of most sex abusers since their victims are mainly extra-familial. These ''multi-criminal'' men present particular challenges for custodial and therapeutic settings, and the potential dangerousness of these offenders should not be underestimated.

Full text not available from this repository.

Citation

Pritchard, Colin and Bagley, Christopher (2000) Multi-criminal and violent groups among child sex offenders: An heuristic typology in a 2-year cohort of 374 men in two English counties Child Abuse & Neglect, 24, (4), pp. 579-586. (doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(00)00108-3).

More information

Published date: 2000
Keywords: child sex offenders, violence, crime

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 33624
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33624
ISSN: 0145-2134
PURE UUID: 38185659-96b0-4eb7-8b24-032cac6fe45e

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 20 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:52

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Colin Pritchard
Author: Christopher Bagley

University divisions


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×