Apparent Child Sex Offender Clustering: A Look at Levels of Socio-Economic Registered Perpetrators

J. Gayle Mericle, Western Illinois University
Kenneth Clontz, Western Illinois University

During a previous research project, the authors of this work noticed an apparent clustering of registered child sexual offenders as reflected by street addresses. The following research seeks to determine whether or not this effect is real or apparent. If this correlation exists, does it further relate to income levels of the neighborhood as established by the 2000 U.S. Census data? Since child sexual offenders are known to be present in every income strata, this finding would support a long standing Criminological hypothesis that those without financial resources are more likely to be convicted (and registered as offenders) than wealthier offenders. Mapping of registered sexual offenders and corresponding income level by census block comparison are of the Chicago, IL, Metroplex region.

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