This presentation will review a number of research studies that examined sex offender characteristics and the effectiveness of various interviewer styles on confession rates. Studies examined the relationship between confession rates, as related to offender age, personality, offense history, and experience with the criminal justice system. Studies also examined the impact of victim attributes, relationship between the victim and offender, specific sex acts performed, and the impact of investigator demeanor and interview style.
Studies confirm previously suspected notions about the thoughts and concerns offenders have during police interviews, and the reasons offenders decline to be interviewed, confess, or lie. Offender quotes and video clips will be used to illustrate the various findings. The presentation includes anecdotal comments from 121 adult male sex offenders, and 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.
This workshop will be presented by Cory Jewell Jensen on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:15 – 11:45 am at the 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence. Click here to read Cory Jewell Jensen’s and the other conference speakers’ biographies.
Cory Jewell Jensen is also presenting sessions titled “They Come with the Territory: Sex Offenders in Youth Serving Organizations” and “Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters.”
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