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Interrogation of Sex Offenders: Factors Associated to the Decision to Confess or Not in Rapists and Child Molesters

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Some studies show that sex offenders are less likely to confess their crimes during police interrogations than is the case for non-sexual offense. It is hypothesized that the objective and subjective severity of these offences may inhibit confession. The study of factors specifically related to confessions in sex offenders is important because confession is often the principal, if not the only, proof of guilt in these crimes.

Most studies concerned with the confessions of sex offenders have suggested specific interrogation strategies to be used with these offenders. However, most of these strategies are mainly based on anecdotal knowledge or case studies. Therefore, the aims of this study are to (1) identify and compare factors associated with sex offenders’ confessions to the factors previously identified in the literature for criminals in general, and (2) identify and compare factors associated with confession specifically for rapists and child molesters. This study examines a sample of 624 sex offenders incarcerated for a sentence of two years or more in a Canadian penitentiary. A combination of classification tree and conjunctive analysis approaches was utilized in order to identify the factors associated with the decision to confess during police interrogations of rapists and child molesters. Findings suggest that rapists and child molesters’ decision-making is influenced by very different factors during police interrogation. These results are discussed in light of police interrogation techniques and investigative practices.
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Beauregard, Eric. and Mieczkowski, Tom. "Interrogation of Sex Offenders: Factors Associated to the Decision to Confess or Not in Rapists and Child Molesters" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373206_index.html>

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Beauregard, E. and Mieczkowski, T. "Interrogation of Sex Offenders: Factors Associated to the Decision to Confess or Not in Rapists and Child Molesters" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373206_index.html

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Abstract: Some studies show that sex offenders are less likely to confess their crimes during police interrogations than is the case for non-sexual offense. It is hypothesized that the objective and subjective severity of these offences may inhibit confession. The study of factors specifically related to confessions in sex offenders is important because confession is often the principal, if not the only, proof of guilt in these crimes.

Most studies concerned with the confessions of sex offenders have suggested specific interrogation strategies to be used with these offenders. However, most of these strategies are mainly based on anecdotal knowledge or case studies. Therefore, the aims of this study are to (1) identify and compare factors associated with sex offenders’ confessions to the factors previously identified in the literature for criminals in general, and (2) identify and compare factors associated with confession specifically for rapists and child molesters. This study examines a sample of 624 sex offenders incarcerated for a sentence of two years or more in a Canadian penitentiary. A combination of classification tree and conjunctive analysis approaches was utilized in order to identify the factors associated with the decision to confess during police interrogations of rapists and child molesters. Findings suggest that rapists and child molesters’ decision-making is influenced by very different factors during police interrogation. These results are discussed in light of police interrogation techniques and investigative practices.


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