Who Is This "Predator" Who Sexually Assaults Children? Part XXIII

By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances”  
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Happy Children Playing Kids (Photo credit: epSos.de )
The decision to proceed with the same strategy each time the law enforcement official faces a “Predator” will only be as successful as the make-up of the individual. Some “Predators” know the law as well as the law enforcement investigator or better. Yet the strategy of the investigation is only as strong as the character and integrity of the investigator.

The law enforcement investigator has the responsibility to track the “Predator’s” movements, actions, behavior, conduct, and indirect and direct contact with children. There is no doubt that the “Predator” will indirectly have contact with children. The need for the sexual offender to get gas, food, clothing and other items to survive on may cause there to be contact. It is what the sexual offender does with the contact that is important.

The problems arise when the sexual offender sits in his vehicle near a school, park, shopping malls, daycares, and other locations where children are known to be present and watch the movements of the children. Upon law enforcement contacting the sexual offender, he may have cameras and video recorders which may have photographs or videos of children on them. It will be necessary to legally obtain the cameras and video recordings so they can be checked for content which is illegal for the sexual offender.

This behavior by the sexual offender probably is a violation of the terms of the sexual offender’s restrictions, rules and agreements of the court, parole and/or probation. Failure to abide by the release conditions should result in an immediate revocation of his/her freedom.

Too often when the sexual offender is acting in an unintelligent and potentially illegal manner and doing things which are clearly a violation of his release conditions he should be forced to take a polygraph to ascertain if these violations are just a scratching of the surface.

Sexual offenders who are allowed to remain in the community have to take a polygraph once a month to demonstrate that he has not been acting out. Although the polygraph is a subjective tool and not allowed as evidence in a court of law, the use of it in the probation and parole sexual deviance programs are seen as a positive and preventive measure.

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Whatever methods and measures can be utilized to keep the known registered sexual offender under control is vital for the safety of the children in the community.  It is the unknown “Predators” that the community has to worry about. Recently a man was caught on videotape in a Wal-Mart trying to kidnap a young female child. The child was capable of fighting her way to freedom. The man then turned and ran out of the store.

These types of acts use to occur on a frequent basis. However, with the education on “Predators” parents have learned to keep their children close when out and about, especially when shopping. The children have also been warned and educated not to talk to strangers, to avoid being isolated with individuals they don’t know and not to go with a man or woman who they don’t know.

The stranger abductions use to be a method and technique which “Predator’s” utilized to kidnap children, rape and then kill them. It is rare that a child who is kidnapped remains alive after they are kidnapped.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice – National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART) 2002, states the following in a study they performed:

During the study year, there were an estimated 115 stereotypical kidnappings, defined as abductions perpetrated by a stranger or slight acquaintance and involving a child who was transported 50 or more miles, detained overnight, held for ransom or with the intent to keep the child permanently, or killed.

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Child 1 (Photo credit: Tony Trần)
In 40 percent of stereotypical kidnappings, the child was killed, and in another 4 percent, the child was not recovered.
There were an estimated 58,200 child victims of nonfamily abduction, defined more broadly to include all nonfamily perpetrators (friends and acquaintances as well as strangers) and crimes involving lesser amounts of forced movement or detention in addition to the more serious crimes entailed in stereotypical kidnappings.
Fifty-seven percent of children abducted by a nonfamily perpetrator were missing from caretakers for at least 1 hour, and police were contacted to help locate 21 percent of the abducted children.
Teenagers were by far the most frequent victims of both stereotypical kidnappings and nonfamily abductions.
Nearly half of all child victims of stereotypical kidnappings and nonfamily abductions were sexually assaulted by the perpetrator.

The complexity of the above studies should demonstrate to everyone that the kidnapping of children, especially young adults is a serious problem. There are many examples of children and young adults who were kidnapped. Let us review just one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s examples of a child who was taken on a joyride:

A 4-year-old boy was taken on a 20-mile joyride by the school bus driver after the rest of the children had been dropped off at their homes. No force or threat was used to transport or detain the child; however, the bus driver concealed the child’s whereabouts. When the child did not come home at the usual time, the alarmed caretaker called the school and bus company to locate the child. Then, upon finding out where the child was, the caretaker contacted the police to recover the child. This episode lasted 7 hours.

It becomes a major concern when those who are given the responsibility to insure that the children they are in custody of commit a crime upon that child. Their role is not to harm but to protect. As seen “Predators” can be anyone, including those the parent knows.

Tomorrow, the need to do something about protecting children who are being kidnapped against their will needs to be addressed by the community and law enforcement. A joint effort needs to be a priority with law enforcement taking the lead. Studies need to continually be a priority by the professionals in the field of (NISMART).

As the series comes to a conclusion I have tried to demonstrate just how serious of a problem these “Predators” are and the destruction they bring to everyone’s lives. It is time to make a difference and begin reporting incidences of sexual and physical assaults, neglect, kidnaps and child murders. The community needs to know what is happening in their community and law enforcement needs to explain to all what they are doing about this serious problem.

Lawrence W. Daly
253-852-6702 B/P
253-852-6704 Fax
Kent, WA

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