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An exploration of burglaries committed by sexual offenders


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

The presence of burglary charges in the criminal career of a male sex offender has been found as a valid empirical predictor of the seriousness of the criminal career of the offender. Burglary is systematically classified as a property offense in studies about the criminal careers of sex offenders. This approach ignores the possible sexual and versatile dimensions of burglary and hides a possible escalation of the offender toward sexual aggression in his incidents of burglary. This thesis remedies these gaps and investigates the various components of, and evidence of escalation in, incidents of burglary.

The sample of offenders is composed of 281 sex offenders with at least one incident of burglary. A second sample contains 762 separate incidents of burglary committed by these offenders. The results indicate a variety of characteristics in incidents of burglary. A typology is developed to represent these elements: nonsexual, covert sexual, overt sexual, and versatile. The thesis analyses the differences in the criminal careers of those sex offenders. Finally, the results also show various forms of escalation in incidents of burglary that are correlated with more violent criminal histories. This thesis discusses the implications of these findings with regards to the previous literature, particularly regarding specialization and versatility.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Criminology;
Burglary;
Sex crimes;
Males;
Criminals;
Aggressiveness
Classification
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Escalation; Sexual burglary; Sexual offending; Types/classification of burglary
Title
An exploration of burglaries committed by sexual offenders
Author
Pedneault, Amelie
Number of pages
79
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
6265
Source
MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124272160
Advisor
Harris, Danielle A.
Committee member
Correia, Mark; Lowell, Maureen
University/institution
San Jose State University
Department
Art
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1482552
ProQuest document ID
762390231
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/762390231
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