Course detail: Sex Offenders: Understanding and Responding to Sexual Crimes

Course Description: 
This presentation examines the relationship between confession rates and sex offender characteristics (ie., offender age, relationship to victim, personality type, offense history and prior experience with the criminal justice system). In addition, several studies that investigated the effectiveness of various interviewer styles (investigator demeanor and approach) will be reviewed.  Lastly, the presenter will provide anecdotal comments (from 121 admitting adult male sex offenders) related to the thoughts and concerns they had while they were initially being interviewed by detectives.   Comments focus on the reason they declined to be interviewed, lied about their sexual crimes, or confessed.  Video clips will be used to illustrate some of the specific skills used by police to enable offenders to confess, along with recommendations for specific interview comment/questions from 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.  

Core Competency: 
  • Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual, or as part of an investigatory team. 
Course Objectives: 
Part 1. Sex Offenders: What Every MDT Member Should 
  1. Participants will develop an understanding of the process involved developing a sexual interest/preference for children and the pro-offending attitudes that support and allow for child sex abuse. 
  2. Participants will gain information about the typical number and patterns involved in undetected sexual crimes committed by sex offenders. 
  3. Participants will gain information about some of the unique differences between male and female, adult and juvenile sex offenders. 
Part 2. Creepy but Crucial: Advanced Grooming as Described by Child Molesters
  1. Participants will understand some of the issues related to the low rates of reporting and detection of sexual crimes. 
  2. Participants will be able to identify the strategies and goals of "grooming behavior" used by sex offenders. 
  3. Participants will gain an understanding of some of the dynamics of grooming that make it difficult for children to fully/accurately comprehend the abuse they are experiencing, report and recover from child sexual abuse. 
Part 3. "Protecting our Children: Advice From Child Molesters:" 
  1. Participants will understand some of the deficits inherent in early models of child sex abuse prevention models. 
  2. Participants will be able to describe the benefits derived from adult focused child abuse prevention education.  
  3. Participants will be able to describe some of the problems related to promoting adult focused child abuse prevention education. 
Part 4. If They Knew What I Was Thinking: What Sex Offenders Can Teach Us About Interviewing 
  1. Participants will review the research related to overall confession rates with sex offenders and the factors that inhibit and increase confession rates. 
  2. Participants will review the various interviewer styles that appear to increase confession rates. 
  3. Participants will review the various offender characteristics that increase and decrease confession rates. 
Instructional Methods: 
  • Lecture 
  • Video
  • Anecdotes 
Who Should Attend: 
  • Law Enforcement Officers 
Course Requirements: 
  • 100% Attendance and Participation

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 Session Detail: LE21241F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 05/06/21 and ending on 05/06/21
Times: 08:30am - 05:00pm
Registration Fee : $75.00




KLETC Dormitory Information:

For those attendees who desire to come in the night before, please come to the Main KLETC Entrance marked on the map, it is near the flag pole and marked with a large "A". You may check into your room between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, the doors are open 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you arrive after 10:00 PM the doors will be locked, however you can contact security at 316-239-8882, and after answering their questions, they will assist you in getting room keys. Checkout time is Noon on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time.

All lodging attendees will find an envelope containing their room key at the front desk in the main lobby reception area. Sheets and a blanket are furnished for our guests. Items you may wish to bring: Alarm Clock, Bath Towels, Wash Cloths, Soap, Shampoo, Hair Dryer, Pillow and Pillowcase and an Extra Blanket.

Weapon Safety - KLETC adopted a new weapons policy effective July 1, 2017. The concealed carry of handguns shall be permitted on the KLETC Campus, including all buildings and public areas to the maximum extent possible while ensuring the safety of the staff, students and guests in a training environment. The open carry of firearms shall be prohibited unless necessary for instruction in an authorized training program. Nothing in this procedure is intended to interfere with a law enforcement officer performing his or her official law enforcement duties on the KLETC campus. Law Enforcement officers attending continuing education or basic training classes, or are attending meetings or other academy- related events, are permitted to carry their firearm while on the KLETC campus. Law enforcement officers carrying a firearm on the KLETC campus must possess appropriate agency identification. ABSOLUTELY NO student, instructor, or role player is allowed to carry any firearm into an area where signage stating "no live weapons or ammunition is allowed in training safety areas" is present. You are responsible for ensuring that your firearm is secured in a safe, reasonable, and acceptable manner while on the KLETC campus. Questions regarding this policy for continuing education students, instructors or guests may be directed to the KLETC Assistant Director for Professional Development and Continuing Education.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund of lodging fees will be available if requested in writing and received by KLETC ten days prior to the beginning date of the seminar. After that date, but prior to the seminar, refunds will be made, but a $25.00 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after the starting date of the seminar.If you have any questions concerning this session, please contact KLETC at 620.694.1400 or by email at

Thank you again for your willingness to participate. We look forward to seeing you at KLETC!!


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