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Internet Sex Offenders

by Michael C Seto American Psychological Association
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Hbk 347 pages
AU$159.00 NZ$164.35
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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.




1.Overview of Online Sexual Offending
2.Child Pornography
4.Etiology 5.Online Offender Characteristics
6.The Connection Between Online and Contact Offending
7.Risk Assessment
9.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

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.