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2nd Edition

The Sexual Exploitation of Children
A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, Second Edition

ISBN 9780849381546
Published September 30, 1998 by Routledge
604 Pages

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Book Description

The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, Second Edition discusses the new and different developments in the manifestation of problems involved in investigation and assessment of sexual cases and offers advice on dealing with these issues. Although many of the difficulties involved in investigation and assessment of sexual abuse allegations have remained unchanged since the first edition of this book appeared in 1987, the manner in which investigations are conducted must adapt to these new and different developments.

Table of Contents

The Difficulties Law Enforcement Faces in Investigating the Sexual Exploitation of Children
The Unique Position of the Police and Their Agents in an Investigation
Need for Professional Alliances with Clinical and Medical Communities
A Much Needed Change in Law Enforcement Response
Cases Pose Unique Defenses
Children Are "Perfect" Victims
The Child as a Witness
Natural Disdain for the Subject Matter
Countertransference and Its Dangers
The Problem of Determining What Exactly is Sexual Abuse or Exploitation
Mixed Messages by the Public-at-Large
State of the Problem
The Problem Defined
Parties to the Crime
The Victim
Profile Characteristics: Effects of Victimization and Symptomatology of Abuse
Somatic Complaints
Family Dynamics
Other Characteristics
The Offender
Past Perspectives
Need for Law Enforcement Typology
Application of the Typology
Situational vs. Preferential
Preferential Child Molester Characteristics
Long Term and Persistent Patterns of Behavior
Children as Preferred Sexual Objects
Well-Developed Techniques for Obtaining Victims
Sexual Fantasies Focus on Children
Commission of the Crime
MO Characteristics
Child Pornography Investigation
Legal Approaches to Control
Elements of Child Pornography Crimes
Legal and Evidentiary Concerns in Child Pornography Investigations
Sources and Types of Child Pornography
Investigative Techniques
Interviewing Children
Building a Foundation
Concerns Regarding Reliability
Child Interview Problems
Background: Influencing Factors
Rapport Building
Protective Custody
Recording the Interv iew
Credibility Concerns
Multiple Victims and Offenders
Documenting Emotion
Location for Video-Taped Interviews
Decision to Record
Joint Interview
Demeanor and Ethnic Representation
Evaluating the Child
Getting the Child to Express Himself
Breaking the Silence
Confirming the Authenticity of the Account Through Questioning
Watching Your Own Reactions and the Child's Affect
Discussing the Court Process
The Crying, Restless, Shaking Child
Techniques to Facilitate the Child's Expressing the Incident(s)
Time Relationships
Specifying Criminal Acts
Determining Degree of Coercion
Closing the Interview\
Interviewing the Offender
When to Give Miranda Warning
Offender's Reaction to Identification
Rapport Building
Types of Statements
Polygraph Examinations
Search Warrants
Search Purposes
Types of Search Warrant Affidavits
Straightforward Listing of the Facts - Totality of the Circumstances
Facts Developed from Investigation - Known Offender
Totality of the Circumstances - The "Puzzle Concept"
Expertise Affidavits
Developing Probable Cause: Totality of Circumstances - Circumstances That Would Lead One to Believe
Seizure of Pornographic Materials
Correspondence with Suspected Offender
Photographs Seized from Photofinisher, Justifying a Search of an Offender's Home
Search Warrant Seizure Checklist
Additional Concerns
Case Management
Investigative Goals
Team Approach
Preliminary Investigative Concerns
Investigative Steps in "Whodunit" Cases
Protect Investigation and Evidence
Proactive Investigation
When Investigation Involves Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies
Need to Share Information Discovered with Other Agencies
Investigation Must Not Officially Endanger Children
Handling the Media During High-Profile Cases
Steps to Uncover the Underground
Dispositions of Investigations
Additional References

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"This book is a must read for those involved with investigating or prosecuting cases involving the sexual exploitation of children."
-Mark Brenzinger, Crime & Justice International, July/August1999