Internet Sex Offenders
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
One of the most chilling aspects of our technological age is the seeming ease with which perpetrators can use the internet to commit sexual offenses. Fears of internet predators have led to unprecedented media attention and the mobilization of legal and investigative resources toward identifying and prosecuting child pornography and solicitation offenders, as well as a great deal of research into all aspects of online sexual offending in hopes of clarifying, reducing, and eliminating these kinds of offenses.
In this comprehensive, state-of-the science work, Michael C. Seto examines a wealth of research conducted over the last decade regarding the use and contribution of the internet to sexual crimes including the creation and dissemination of child pornography, and online and offline solicitation efforts leading to contact offenses such as rape and sexual assault.
He examines the etiology and characteristics of online offenders, the relation between online and offline offending, and provides practical information relevant to risk assessment and as well as clinical and legal intervention. He also investigates the impact of the internet on related issues such as statutory offending, "grooming" tactics, "sexting," as well as the truth about "stranger danger" and the real risk to children of assault and abduction.
- Overview of Online Sexual Offending
- Child Pornography
- Online Offender Characteristics
- The Connection Between Online and Contact Offending
- Risk Assessment
- Conclusions and Future Directions
Resource A: Juvenile Prostitution, Trafficking, and Sex Tourism
Resource B: Assessment of Online Offenders
Resource C: Treatment
Resource D: Glossary of Technical Terms
About the Author
Michael C. Seto, PhD, received his doctorate in psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. He is a registered clinical psychologist and the director of forensic rehabilitation research for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group's Integrated Forensic Program. He also has adjunct professorship appointments in psychology and/or psychiatry at four accredited universities: the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Seto has published extensively on pedophilia, child pornography, sexual offending, violence risk assessment, and mentally disordered offenders and regularly presents at scientific meetings and professional workshops on these topics. He recently authored a well-reviewed book on pedophilia and sexual offending against children, Pedophilia and Sexual Offending Against Children: Theory, Assessment, and Intervention, published by APA in 2008.
An excellent review of the existing literature with important policy recommendations…an important resource for clinicians, lawyers, judges, policy makers and other researchers interested in understanding what we know about Internet sexual crimes and what we do not know.
Internet Sex Offenders is an important work of seminal scholarship and a highly recommended addition to professional and academic library.
—Midwest Book Review
Internet Sex Offenders will provide an overview of the research and theory in this practice area in a clearly written book by one of the foremost experts in this specialty. For those of you who evaluate or treat this population, my advice is simple: Buy this book.
—Phillip H. Witt, American Psychology Law Society
With this book, Dr. Seto builds upon his impressive body of work in sex offender research, and clearly establishes himself as one of the world’s foremost experts in internet sex crimes.