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Younger and Violent Sex Offenders on the Rise

An Associated Press review of national statistics found that the courts are seeing a number of sex offence cases involving the young. There is a dramatic rise in cases by these Juvenile offenders.

Some psychologists blame the increase in numbers 40 percent over two decades on a society saturated with sex and violence and the fact that many of the accused were themselves victims of adult sexual predators. Others say there aren't more children committing such crimes, simply more awareness, better reporting and a general hysteria about sex offenders.

I don't think it's appropriate to suggest we have whole schools full of sexual predators ... but we're seeing more of it and more sexually aggressive acts," said Scott Poland, past president of the National Association of School Psychologists. "How do these kids even know about this? It's permeated throughout our society."

Twenty-year-old Allen Crispin of Butler County will be put behind bars indefinitely because he admitted thinking about committing additional sex crimes.

Butler County Judge Thomas Doerr yesterday ordered him moved from the Youth Development Center in New Castle to the Liberty Behavioral Health unit of Torrance State Mental Hospital, in Indiana County, where he will remain until he is no longer deemed a threat. He'll be re-evaluated in a year.

Jim Anderson, director of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Judges Commission in Harrisburg, said the law is aimed at protecting the community from the most serious juvenile sex offenders.

Of 100 children who engage in sexual activities with other children in situations that involve some pressure or coercion, one or two might be charged.

If you label the kids who get caught deviants, then you are labeling a lot who don't get caught as well, said Dr. David Kolko, director of the collaborative program for juvenile sexual offenders run by the Allegheny County juvenile probation office and Western P
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