Latayne’s Corner: A Profile of a Sexual Offender

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A Profile of a Sexual Offender

by Latayne C. Scott

It’s in the news: The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy because of lawsuits against it regarding child sexual abuse by Scout leaders. It’s shocking, but it’s not surprising to people like Dr. Beth Robinson who counsel kids who’ve been similarly abused.

A recent news story told of an educator who was given increasing amounts of authority—and access to students—and how he used both of those to groom and then abuse students.

Here are some startling aspects of this incident.

1) He is good looking – clean and well-groomed.

2) He had a regular sexual partner with whom he fathered children, so he wasn’t desperate to have sex with someone.

3) He was sneaky—used a secret cell phone and a code name to contact students in his school.

4) His sexual assaults took place at his school and in his car.

5) He began grooming students by texting them.

6) After accusations began to emerge, he was cleared by an investigation and then went on to abuse again in new positions of authority.

7) The girls ranged in age from 13 to 16, and one of them became pregnant but later miscarried.

8) He was aware of the criminality of his acts—one of his victims said he kept repeating that he knew he could go to jail for what he was doing.

As Dr. Robinson and I describe in Protecting Your Child from Predators, How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger, any adult who wants to give special attention to your child should merit special attention from you.

If you learn that anyone is trying to secretly contact or meet with your child alone, you should report that person to the police. Don’t hesitate. And don’t give him or her a chance to hurt another child.

About the Author

Latayne C. Scott is author of over 25 published books and thousands of magazine articles and blog posts. She is co-author with Dr. Beth Robinson of Protecting Your Child from Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger (Bethany, 2019) and an upcoming book about how to talk to teens about sex (also to be published by Bethany.) Robinson and Scott blog at

Her latest books are What Will Be Made Plain: An Amish Ghost Story (TSU Press, 2019), A Conspiracy of Breath (TSU Press, 2017), The Parables of Jesus (TSU Press, 2017), and as a contributor to Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds (Kregel, 2017).

Connect with Latayne at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

You can read “Latayne’s Corner” on the 4th Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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