Great pains are taken by supporters of convicted sex offenders to distinguish between the severity of the offense. They are quick to point out crimes commited by juveniles against other juveniles are different from those of an adult against a child.
Why is it ok to lump a family member, friend, or neighbor into one category and strangers and stalkers into another when discussing sex offenders?
Many of us have heard someone say after a crime is commited that the family member, friend, or neighbor “couldn’t have perpertrated the crime” or “that’s not the ______ (fill in the blank with a name) I know”. Reading the traits below suggest a common lure is the ability to become close to the victim through the family.
A real life example is the case of Junny Rios-Martinez and convicted sex offender/murderer Mark Dean Schwab.
That case led to passage of the Junny Rios-Martinez Act of 1992, which prohibits sex offenders from early release from prison. Read the Mark Schwab appeal and it provides you some insight into how calculating Mark Schwab is. He preyed on multiple boys each time by coercing and threatening them in to compliance.
Sex Offender Facts and Characteristics
- Sex offenders come from all walks of life and from all socio-economic groups. They can be male or female, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, religious or non-religious, educated or uneducated, and from any race.
- Although some sex offenders are strangers and stalkers, many know the victim as a family member, friend, or neighbor. They win a child’s trust and then take advantage of that trust.
- Potential victims are likely to be children that are poor, neglected, loners, or runaways.
- Many pedophiles seek out mothers of single parent families for the purpose of victimizing children.
- Sex offenders often like playgrounds and other places where children congregate.
Most sex offenders groom their victims prior to any crime.Offenders may position themselves to come into contact with children by:
- Creating playground environments where victims have access to toys, games, and other things that will later be traded for sex.
- Enticing with attention, affection, gifts, promises, and providing alcohol and pornography to lower inhibitions.
- Participating in activities with teens, often excluding other adults, or trying to get teens into situations where no other adults are present.
- Preying on either a parent/teen desire to excel in a sport. They provide extra assistance and offer special attention.
- Being the “nice guy” in the neighborhood who is willing to entertain children and take them on outings.
- Operating businesses that hire teens and looking for excuses requiring them to stay after hours, or visit the offenders home.
- Seeking employment or volunteering where they will be in contact with children and teens.
Update 05-20-08 Palm Beach Post
Executions in Florida will begin July 1 after the U.S. Supreme Court today lifted a stay on the execution of convicted child rapist and murderer Mark Dean Schwab.
Gov. Charlie Crist said this afternoon he wants the execution rescheduled for July 1.