Juvenile Pedophile sex offenses on the rise

One of Detective Conkel’s cases involved a 17-year-old girl who worked at her parents daycare care just outside of Portsmouth, Toddler’s Haven Daycare. She said the teen confessed in January to raping boys and girls ages 1 to 5. After her juvenile conviction the teen was put on home confinement.

Juvenile sex offenses in Scioto County have sky-rocketed from about ten cases a year.

“A lot of people are like, oh it doesn’t happen around small communities, but we do have a lot of it and it happens on a regular basis,” said Detective Jodi Conkel with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

Scioto County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott Smith blamed the spike in juvenile sex offender cases on society, from computers to a lack of parenting. He said about a fourth of the cases he encounters involves child sex offenders who were victims of sex crimes themselves.

“To have forty-six in a brief period of time, sixteen to seventeen months is kind of alarming,” said Smith. “From daycares to small village towns out in the county, it’s not one isolated area in the county the problem does exist.”

Jodi Conkel, Scioto County’s chief sex crimes investigator said the stack of juvenile sex crime cases on her desk keeps piling up. She said educating kids and adults along with making arrests.

“I’ve got a daughter and I started at a young age telling her this is your private areas, nobody touches them, and you can tell me about it, it’ll be ok,” said Detective Conkel.

One of Detective Conkel’s cases involved a 17-year-old girl who worked at her parents daycare care just outside of Portsmouth, Toddler’s Haven Daycare. She said the teen confessed in January to raping boys and girls ages 1 to 5. After her juvenile conviction the teen was put on home confinement.

In cases of juvenile sex offenders it is often the suspect’s family that takes a beating for their troubled teen.

Detective Conkel said most juvenile sex offenders have to register with local authorities, reporting their whereabouts, in person, every 90 days for the rest of their lives.

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