Suicide Among Child Sex Offenders

  • Tia A. Hoffer
  • Joy Lynn E. Shelton

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Behavioral Criminology book sub series (BRIEFSBC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 1-1
  3. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 3-18
  4. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 19-24
  5. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 25-34
  6. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 35-58
  7. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 59-59
  8. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 61-61
  9. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 63-63
  10. Tia A. Hoffer, Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    Pages 65-65
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 67-79

About this book


​​​​ ​ By providing empirical data and multidisciplinary considerations, the book increases awareness of child sex offender suicide among the various entities which come into contact with this population of offenders. This book attempts to bring awareness of this potentially high risk population to better inform the law enforcement, corrections, and mental health communities of the unique risk factors for suicide among CSOs and provide a more effective crisis response. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit III- Crimes Against Children reviewed and analyzed 106 male Child Sex Offenders (CSO) who committed suicide during the course of a child sex crime investigation.  Of the 106 CSOs, 79% were child pornography traders/collectors, 43% were child molesters, 21% were travelers, and 18% were child pornography producers.  Analyses also revealed that nearly all were Caucasian and the majority were married, employed, and died via self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Of particular interest was that in 26% of the cases, the offender killed himself within 48 hours of his awareness of the investigation; and in nearly half of the known cases, the offender had past/current military service and a criminal history.  In addition, 68% left a suicide note, which is substantially higher than the general suicide population. Analysis of the notes revealed common aspects and themes including cognitive distortions, burdensomeness, shame, and self-blame. The most frequently cited reason for the suicide in the note was the child sex crime investigation.    


child molestors child pornography child pornography collectors child pornography producers child pornography traders child sex crime investigation child sex offenders cognitive disorders crimes against children federal bureau of investigation mental health communities self-blame self-inflicted wounds shame suicide suicide notes

Authors and affiliations

  • Tia A. Hoffer
    • 1
  • Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    • 2
  1. 1.Federal Bureau of InvestigationQuanticoUSA
  2. 2.Federal Bureau of InvestigationQuanticoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5936-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5937-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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