The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Sexual Exploitation of Children

A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Seth L. Goldstein

CRC Press

604 pages

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Hardback: 9780849381546
pub: 1998-09-30
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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.


"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

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



About the Series

Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine