Project Title

The Online Sex Sting


The Youth Internet Safety Surveys are indicative of a small subset of minors who have had contact with sexual offenders in person. Internet sex stings serve to target these adults through the use of police deception, but their use has been on the decline. Sexual offenders are a heterogeneous group; laws often mistakenly lump these various members together. This paper discusses different sources that can take responsible action to prevent online predators from reaching minors and the issue of vigilantism against offenders. Our current laws on sexual predators do not reflect the deeper, more prevalent issue of acquaintance rape.

Note on the Author

Michael Cryan is a second-year student majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Criminal Justice. He submitted this work as a term paper for Dr. Richard Wright’s Sex Crimes class in the fall of 2014.

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