“Child porn suspects hold positions of trust” by Sharon Jayson

The child pornography group arrested this month contained predators from nearly every walk of life. Devastatingly, experts share that it is common for perpetrators to hold positions of trust. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by USA Today. The source of this excerpt is http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/23/child-pornography-pedophiles/9483015/

Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent James Haynes, center, announces the arrest of 71 individuals as part of Operation Caireen, a sweeping investigation into the anonymous trading of child porn over the Internet. Image courtesy of USA Today.

Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent James Haynes, center, announces the arrest of 71 individuals as part of Operation Caireen, a sweeping investigation into the anonymous trading of child porn over the Internet. Image courtesy of USA Today.

The 70 men and one woman arrested for allegedly using computers to swap pornographic images of children quashes stereotypes about child predators and may alert society to the reality they already know, forensic psychologists say.

Sexual predators and pedophiles are of varied socio-economic status, race and gender and aren’t the “lecherous trolls you would see on a playground,” says Kim Gorgens, a clinical associate professor of forensic psychology at the University of Denver who has worked in the field more than 15 years.

“It’s percolating to the level of public consciousness,” she says. “What we see clinically is that it’s fairly representative of the population. If you look at these pedophiliac predators, you couldn’t pick them out of a crowd.”

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Gorgens adds that in many cases, the positions of respect they hold in society are no accident.

“Serial pedophiliac offenders are drawn to roles where they have access and are in positions of trust and authority,” she says. “They may have sought them out.”

Law enforcement officials in this case have said child pornography is spreading. Norton agrees that the Internet has made it easier for predators to exchange images and build networks.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the USA Today website http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/23/child-pornography-pedophiles/9483015/

Sharon Jayson covers politics and education for USA Today.