How Pedophiles Groom Children

The communication process whereby paedophiles entrap children is being studied by University of Missouri researchers, who say they have started to understand how sexual predators lure their victims.

Their study attains significance because it may help equip parents and community members to put a full stop to the day-by-day escalating incidence of child sexual abuse.

Our children are our greatest gift and our greatest responsibility. The fact that they could be abused in any way, shape or form is horrific–both in the moment of the abuse and in the long-term effect, said Loreen Olson, MU associate professor of communication in the College of Arts and Science.

Its a social problem with grave consequences that is prevalent and needs attention. Its incomprehensible, but its happening. The sexual abuse of children has dramatic negative consequences to their emotional well-being throughout their lives, she added.

Loreen says that her team has identified certain communicative elements in the cycle of entrapment.

These elements include the core phenomenon of deceptive trust development, which describes the predators ability to build a trusting relationship with the victim in order to improve the likelihood of sexual encounter.

According to Loreen, deceptive trust development is key to other manipulative strategies used by the predator, such as grooming which sets the stage for abuse by desensitising the victim to sexual contact.

She pinpoints that grooming may include accidentally touching the child inappropriately, showing the child pornographic image, and even making contact or sex play with implicit sexual suggestions.

She says that paedophiles simultaneously work to isolate their victims physically and emotionally from their support network by using strategies like offers to baby sit, giving the child a ride home, and taking advantage of fragile family and friend relationships.

Isolation makes the victim to become more and more dependent on the perpetrator, Loreen says.

The third scheme used by perpetrators is approach strategy, which includes suggestions to play sex games, more explicit discussions about sexual issues, giving a child a rubdown, bathing or undressing a child, and instigating wrestling and other physical games as a means to escalate sexual physical contact.

Loreen has revealed that their theory on the communication process used by child sexual predators is based on an analysis of existing published material on paedophilia and child sexual abuse.

The more we know about how these adults are entrapping children and building a sexual relationship with them, the better we can either intervene and stop the cycle from happening, or de-escalate it, she said.

She further said that the theory of luring communication might also provide fresh insight into how con-artists lure victims and the recruitment strategies of gang or cult members.

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The Devious World of Pedophilia

Researchers have unmasked how paedophiles use what has been called the “communication of deviance” to target a child’s innocence and vulnerability for nefarious ends. This knowledge could better equip parents and community members to prevent, or at least interrupt, the escalation of child sexual abuse.

“Our children are our greatest gift and our greatest responsibility. The fact that they could be abused in any way, shape or form is horrific – both in the moment of the abuse and in the long-term effect,” said Loreen Olson of Missouri University.

Olson and her co-authors analysed existing published material on paedophilia and child sexual abuse and proposed their theory that explains the communication process used by child predators.

According to the researchers, perpetrator first gains access to the potential victim through various exploitive means, including the core phenomenon of “deceptive trust development”.

It describes the predator’s ability to build a trusting relationship with the victim in order to improve the likelihood of sexual encounter. It is central to other manipulative strategies such as grooming.

Grooming sets the stage for abuse by desensitising the victim to sexual contact. It may include activities like sitting on a child’s bed and watching them get into their bedclothes, ‘accidentally’ touching them inappropriately, showing them child pornographic images, and making contact or sex play with implicit sexual suggestions.

As perpetrators are grooming their victims and building deceptive trust, they also work to isolate them both physically and emotionally from their support network.

Isolation strategies may include offers to baby sit, giving the child a ride home, and taking advantage of fragile family and friend relationships. Isolation causes the victim to become more and more dependent on the perpetrator.

A third strategy is the initial physical contact or verbal lead-ins that occur just prior to the sexual act. Examples include suggestions to play sex games, more explicit discussions about sexual issues, giving a child a rubdown, bathing or undressing a child, and instigating wrestling and other physical games as a means to escalate sexual physical contact.

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Jason Seth "Albion" O’Connell – Repeat Sex Offender finally facing trial for molesting a 3 year old

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte


The trial of a man accused of breaking into a Santa Cruz family’s home and molesting a 3-year-old girl in 1998 will start Wednesday, almost 10 years after the alleged attack.

Jason Seth “Albion” O’Connell, now 37, waived his right to a jury trial Friday. The court trial, which Judge Jeff Almquist will preside over, begins Wednesday morning and is expected to end by Friday.

O’Connell allegedly broke into the family’s Blaine Street apartment in November 1998 and molested the little girl. The girl’s cries awoke her parents and her father fired a round from a .45-caliber handgun at the attacker as he fled, but the shot missed its mark.

Police suspected O’Connell based on evidence he’d left in the home – including a leather jacket – but despite a nationwide manhunt and an FBI arrest warrant, O’Connell eluded authorities for years.

In August 2006, O’Connell was named a suspect in three attempted molestations of little girls in Oregon and appeared on “America’s Most Wanted.” He was arrested in October 2006 when authorities in Redding connected him to an FBI wanted poster.

O’Connell was convicted in Oregon of trying to molest three girls – two 5-year-olds and a 7-year-old – and identity theft. He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, then sent back to Santa Cruz in May to face the decade-old charges here.

O’Connell is accused of four counts of child molest, one count of aggravated sex with a child and one count of burglary. He faces life in prison if convicted, according to District Attorney Bob Lee.

The court trial process means Almquist, not a jury, will review evidence and reach a verdict.

“We’re going to apparently be submitting this case on statements from witnesses,” Almquist said in court Tuesday afternoon. It’s expected attorneys will agree to use police reports instead of live testimony during the trial, he said.

That change means O’Connell and his attorney will have fewer chances to challenge statements and will not be able to cross-examine witnesses. Almquist did point out to O’Connell that the type of trial “increases the likelihood that you will be convicted because you’ve given up your right to cross-examination.”

When Almquist asked O’Connell if he thought that would be in his best interest, O’Connell responded, “Yes, sir.”

O’Connell has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

He will call one witness – a doctor – in his defense. That testimony is expected Wednesday afternoon.

No one, either in support of O’Connell or from the girl’s family, appeared in court Tuesday. Police said last year that the girl and her family moved out of Santa Cruz the year after the attack, though they have kept in contact with investigators and it was possible the girl, now 12 years old, would have testified had the case gone before a jury.

Regardless of the outcome of the court trial, O’Connell will return to Oregon to serve the remainder of his prison sentence there.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jason Seth "Albion" O’Connell – Repeat Sex Offender finally facing trial for molesting a 3 year old

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte


The trial of a man accused of breaking into a Santa Cruz family’s home and molesting a 3-year-old girl in 1998 will start Wednesday, almost 10 years after the alleged attack.

Jason Seth “Albion” O’Connell, now 37, waived his right to a jury trial Friday. The court trial, which Judge Jeff Almquist will preside over, begins Wednesday morning and is expected to end by Friday.

O’Connell allegedly broke into the family’s Blaine Street apartment in November 1998 and molested the little girl. The girl’s cries awoke her parents and her father fired a round from a .45-caliber handgun at the attacker as he fled, but the shot missed its mark.

Police suspected O’Connell based on evidence he’d left in the home – including a leather jacket – but despite a nationwide manhunt and an FBI arrest warrant, O’Connell eluded authorities for years.

In August 2006, O’Connell was named a suspect in three attempted molestations of little girls in Oregon and appeared on “America’s Most Wanted.” He was arrested in October 2006 when authorities in Redding connected him to an FBI wanted poster.

O’Connell was convicted in Oregon of trying to molest three girls – two 5-year-olds and a 7-year-old – and identity theft. He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, then sent back to Santa Cruz in May to face the decade-old charges here.

O’Connell is accused of four counts of child molest, one count of aggravated sex with a child and one count of burglary. He faces life in prison if convicted, according to District Attorney Bob Lee.

The court trial process means Almquist, not a jury, will review evidence and reach a verdict.

“We’re going to apparently be submitting this case on statements from witnesses,” Almquist said in court Tuesday afternoon. It’s expected attorneys will agree to use police reports instead of live testimony during the trial, he said.

That change means O’Connell and his attorney will have fewer chances to challenge statements and will not be able to cross-examine witnesses. Almquist did point out to O’Connell that the type of trial “increases the likelihood that you will be convicted because you’ve given up your right to cross-examination.”

When Almquist asked O’Connell if he thought that would be in his best interest, O’Connell responded, “Yes, sir.”

O’Connell has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

He will call one witness – a doctor – in his defense. That testimony is expected Wednesday afternoon.

No one, either in support of O’Connell or from the girl’s family, appeared in court Tuesday. Police said last year that the girl and her family moved out of Santa Cruz the year after the attack, though they have kept in contact with investigators and it was possible the girl, now 12 years old, would have testified had the case gone before a jury.

Regardless of the outcome of the court trial, O’Connell will return to Oregon to serve the remainder of his prison sentence there.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

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Richard Handy – Arrested for Child Pornography


Brevard County investigators arrested a man for child pornography Friday.

Richard Handy, 38, of Merritt Island, was taken into custody after agents from several different agencies received a tip that Handy had images of underage children on his computer.

While executing a search warrant, agents said they found his computer did contain several images of child porn.

Handy faces a slew of charges, and was held on a bond of $490,000.

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Richard Handy – Arrested for Child Pornography


Brevard County investigators arrested a man for child pornography Friday.

Richard Handy, 38, of Merritt Island, was taken into custody after agents from several different agencies received a tip that Handy had images of underage children on his computer.

While executing a search warrant, agents said they found his computer did contain several images of child porn.

Handy faces a slew of charges, and was held on a bond of $490,000.

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Richard Handy – Arrested for Child Pornography


Brevard County investigators arrested a man for child pornography Friday.

Richard Handy, 38, of Merritt Island, was taken into custody after agents from several different agencies received a tip that Handy had images of underage children on his computer.

While executing a search warrant, agents said they found his computer did contain several images of child porn.

Handy faces a slew of charges, and was held on a bond of $490,000.

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Rally for Jessica’s Law Today in Asheville NC

Residents and groups are rallying today to push state legislators to pass harsher punishments for convicted child molesters.

The rally will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 340 Victoria Road. The event is free and open to the public. Food will be provided.

Supporters want legislators to pass Jessica’s Law, named after a nine-year-old who was kidnapped from her grandmother’s home, raped and buried alive, said a release from organizer Jeff Gerber of Monroe.

“Her kidnapper was a registered, repeat sex offender that the sheriff’s department had lost in the system,” the release said.

Jessica’s Law would require a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for anyone convicted of molesting a child aged 12 years and younger. An offender serving less than life would be required to wear a global positioning device.

For more information, go to www.coalitionforjessicaslaw.com.

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Hissein Atie – Rapist incapable of self control

“He is a sexual predator and
a complete and utter danger to the public.
He can sense his victims’ vulnerability
and singles them out.
He uses violence.
He is incapable of self-control in sexual matters.”


A FAILED asylum seeker who raped two men and indecently assaulted two others is a “complete and utter danger to the public”, a court heard yesterday.

Hissein Atie, 30, who arrived in Britain in 2000 from Chad in central Africa, prowled the streets of Glasgow looking for men to attack, the court heard.

He committed the offences between January and July last year and was finally caught by DNA evidence.

The judge, Ian Peebles, QC, said he would consider deporting Atie and placed him on the sex offenders register.

Sentence was deferred for reports.

At the time of the last attack Atie had been granted bail from Glasgow Sheriff Court for police assault and alleged indecency six weeks earlier.

Dorothy Bain, QC, prosecuting, said of Atie: “He is a sexual predator and a complete and utter danger to the public. He can sense his victims’ vulnerability and singles them out. He uses violence. He is incapable of self-control in sexual matters.”

Ms Bain added: “He is a citizen of Chad in west Africa, a failed asylum seeker, and for him all rights of appeal have expired.

“At the time of the last offence the Home Office was seeking to have him removed from the country. A deportation notice has been served on him.”

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Atie’s first victim was a 21-year-old man, who he found crying after a row with his partner in Buchanan Street on 25 January. Atie asked the man if he was all right before dragging him into a lane, where he removed his trousers and forced him to repeatedly perform a sex act.

His second victim was found by police wandering the city centre streets on 13 May after being attacked by Atie. He had taken the 23-year-old man, who was upset after a row with his girlfriend, to a flat, forcibly removed his clothing and forced him to have sex.

On 1 June, an 18-year-old managed to run away after Atie tried to kiss him and prevent him leaving his flat.

His last victim was offered accommodation for the night by Atie after he found him in George Square, Glasgow, upset and crying on 25 July last year. Atie took the 23-year-old, who was very drunk, to his flat in Meadowpark Street.

The man woke up to find Atie raping him. After his ordeal he managed to phone the police and Atie was arrested.

The jury heard that Atie’s DNA was recovered from one of his victims and from the underwear of another.

Atie, who denied the charges, was convicted of two charges of male rape and two charges of indecent assault. He was also found guilty of police assault and breach of the peace.

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hissein Atie – Rapist incapable of self control

“He is a sexual predator and
a complete and utter danger to the public.
He can sense his victims’ vulnerability
and singles them out.
He uses violence.
He is incapable of self-control in sexual matters.”


A FAILED asylum seeker who raped two men and indecently assaulted two others is a “complete and utter danger to the public”, a court heard yesterday.

Hissein Atie, 30, who arrived in Britain in 2000 from Chad in central Africa, prowled the streets of Glasgow looking for men to attack, the court heard.

He committed the offences between January and July last year and was finally caught by DNA evidence.

The judge, Ian Peebles, QC, said he would consider deporting Atie and placed him on the sex offenders register.

Sentence was deferred for reports.

At the time of the last attack Atie had been granted bail from Glasgow Sheriff Court for police assault and alleged indecency six weeks earlier.

Dorothy Bain, QC, prosecuting, said of Atie: “He is a sexual predator and a complete and utter danger to the public. He can sense his victims’ vulnerability and singles them out. He uses violence. He is incapable of self-control in sexual matters.”

Ms Bain added: “He is a citizen of Chad in west Africa, a failed asylum seeker, and for him all rights of appeal have expired.

“At the time of the last offence the Home Office was seeking to have him removed from the country. A deportation notice has been served on him.”

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Atie’s first victim was a 21-year-old man, who he found crying after a row with his partner in Buchanan Street on 25 January. Atie asked the man if he was all right before dragging him into a lane, where he removed his trousers and forced him to repeatedly perform a sex act.

His second victim was found by police wandering the city centre streets on 13 May after being attacked by Atie. He had taken the 23-year-old man, who was upset after a row with his girlfriend, to a flat, forcibly removed his clothing and forced him to have sex.

On 1 June, an 18-year-old managed to run away after Atie tried to kiss him and prevent him leaving his flat.

His last victim was offered accommodation for the night by Atie after he found him in George Square, Glasgow, upset and crying on 25 July last year. Atie took the 23-year-old, who was very drunk, to his flat in Meadowpark Street.

The man woke up to find Atie raping him. After his ordeal he managed to phone the police and Atie was arrested.

The jury heard that Atie’s DNA was recovered from one of his victims and from the underwear of another.

Atie, who denied the charges, was convicted of two charges of male rape and two charges of indecent assault. He was also found guilty of police assault and breach of the peace.

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment