Futuristic Criminal Investigations-Part XI

Specializing In Forensic Child Sexual Abuse Investigations

By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

In the future, there will be a new method of tracking male and female educators in the manner in which they socialize and deal with their students. New laws are being passed all over America to identify, apprehend, prosecute and imprison those who cross the lines and commit sexual offenses against children and young adults. The number and type of laws which need to be redefined and passed is a challenge for the local, county, state and federal governments, should be seen as necessary. It is not the quantity of the laws, but the quality of the type of laws, which need to be written so the prosecution of sexual habitual offenders are pursued, apprehended, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned.

The current male and females’ sexual offender’s educators who believe they are operating and sexually offending under the radar, sexually abusing their students, need to understand that the laws of the land are something they need to take seriously. Further, not only do they need to understand that they will be held accountable and responsible for their criminal behavior; they will be made an example of in the criminal justice system. The futuristic law enforcement agency needs to have specialized units which only investigates criminal allegations where an educator may have committed a child sexual abuse crime(s).

The method of operandi of the modern sexual offender is the grooming stage. For the educator it is this stage which is paramount in order to receive sexually, the cooperation their students. Demonstrating affection when alone with their students either in the class, hallway, meetings outside school and other isolated meeting locations are part of the grooming stages as well. These meetings are either planned or accidental by the educator. However the meeting(s) take place, the educator’s specific purpose is to continue the grooming agenda.

Grooming can be anything from acting like the educator cares about the student; buying the student multiple gifts, giving the student personal gifts; making the student feel special by giving the student affirmation and positive comments about the students body.

The second aspect of the modus operandi is to invite the students or several students to their home. At the educator’s home alcohol, marijuana and date drugs such as Ecstasy, Viagra, Cialis and so forth are utilized by the sexual offender to relax the inhibitions of the student and to get the student sexually aroused and excited. The educator puts on a party where there are no guidelines or rules.

An educator, Stacy Schuler, 32 had sexual contact with five of her pupils between last August and December. Ms. Schuler was described by the prosecutor as someone who has an “insatiable appetite for sex, drugs and alcohol who wanted to be passed around.”

Two decades ago female educators were rarely identified as sexual offenders. Now they are as popular as male educators. It is the behavior of the students and educators which are in competition with one another in order to make things happen. I am not talking about children; I am talking about young adults ages, 16-19 who pursues the female educator as much as she pursues the student. The current laws make it a crime to have sexual contact with a student over the age of 16, specifically because the educator is in a position of authority.

These laws bother some of the citizens in the community because they do not believe an educator should be punished for having consensual sex with someone over the age of 16 years. They argue if the educator was just an adult (not in a position of authority) who had sex with the minor the sexual intercourse would be appropriate.

The general attitude is educators should not be charged for having sex with young adults, because the consent is the age of 16 years in most states. It is confusing to the general public who don’t understands and argue, “what is wrong with a 19 year old, who is considered an adult for it to be against the law for having sex with a 33 year old educator.”

The general public needs to understand that the age is not the issue, it is the power and control the educator has over the student in and out of the classroom. The intimidating, power and control the educator presents to the student whom the educator is pursuing is exactly what the State legislatures who wrote the law meant to enforce.

This author doesn’t agree with those who argue that since the student is of legal age to consent to sex, then there should be no crime. Anyone who has direct or indirect authority over a minor has no business having a social or sexual relationship with that minor. The theory of rape has and will always be the same; it is all about power and control by the sexual offender.

Historically, female educators received minimal if no jail time for their criminal sexual behavior. Since the problem has become so prevalent the judges are beginning to give female educators what is due to them. There should be no distinction between the female and male educators. If a sexual crime is committed against a student the female and male educators should receive the same sentencing. The disparity between the two should no longer be tolerated by the community.

Prosecutors, who deal with these types of specialized cases, need to ask the courts to lower the boom on these educator sexual offenders. It has been a long time coming and the future has created numerous avenues for the educators to be held accountable criminally and civilly.

Parents should demand accountability from the criminal justice and education systems. There needs to be psychological tests which will assist educational systems in possibly identifying potential sexual habitual offenders, before they are employed by the local school district.

Law enforcement officials need to build upon the current sexual assault units and create specialized units who perform background checks on all of the educators in the law enforcements jurisdiction. Identifying educators who have backgrounds which appear to be of concern need to be a priority. If the law enforcement officials can locate and identify educators who left one school district under a dark cloud, this discovery may assist the officials in stopping a sexual assault from occurring.

Tomorrow, the quest continues in evaluating and examining the many methods and techniques that the future holds for law enforcement officials. There are no easy answers for enforcing laws against sexual habitual offenders who target children every day. Child sexual abuse is a major problem worldwide and everyone should strive to keep sexual offenders out of the classrooms. There needs to be training, education and tools developed to create a valuable investigative system which will cause there to be a positive and successful outcome.

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