Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 449–463 | Cite as

A Descriptive Model of the Hunting Process of Serial Sex Offenders: A Rational Choice Perspective

  • Eric BeauregardEmail author
  • D. Kim Rossmo
  • Jean Proulx
Original Article


A rational choice theory approach was used to analyze the offense behavior of serial sex offenders. Qualitative data were obtained through the descriptions of the crimes provided by 69 serial sex offenders who were incarcerated in a Correctional Service of Canada institution. Based on the offenders’ accounts, a descriptive model specific to the hunting process was identified. This model contained the following nine phases: offender and victim routine activities, choice of hunting ground, victim selection, method of approach, attack location choice, method to bring the victim to the crime site, crime location choice, method to commit the crime, and the victim release location choice. The model is discussed according to existing research on serial sex offenders and environmental criminology. Implications for clinical practice, crime prevention, offender profiling, and future studies are discussed.


Hunting pattern Rational choice Serial sex offender Offending process 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CriminologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Department of Criminal Justice, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and InvestigationTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  3. 3.School of CriminologyUniversity of Montreal, Institut Philippe Pinel de MontrealMontrealCanada

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