What is the Profile of a Predator?

Internet Safety 101SM Program Video:Profile of a Predator

What does an online predator “look like”?

The online predator:

  1. Blends into society
  2. Is typically clean cut and outwardly law abiding
  3. Is usually white, middle-aged or younger, and male
  4. Uses position in society to throw off suspicion
  5. Can rise to be a pillar of society while actively pursuing children
  6. Often engages in activities involving children
  7. Appears trusting to both parents and child

What Fuels Online Predators?

  • Easy and anonymous access to children 
  • Risky online behavior 
  • Virtual validation (communication with other pedophiles via chat rooms, etc.)
  • Law enforcement challenges
  • Easy access to “a la carte” child pornography

“In a three hour period of time that I spent online I would probably talk to 25 children… When I would have initial contact with any individual, it would be my goal to find out what kind of person it is that they were looking to speak to. So if it was a 13 or 14 year old boy who was interested in speaking to a 13 or 14 year old female, then I would be that female… There are millions of pictures online that you can download and send as far as ‘This is who I am’”

-”John Doe”, Convicted Sex Offender

A Predator's Confession

Internet Safety 101SM Video: A Predator's Confession

"Predators are in all professions. Unfortunately, we have seen doctors, lawyers, law enforcement and clergy. There is really no common trait. In fact, many of them are drawn to those particular professions which give them access to children"

—Mary Beth Buchanan, former U.S. District Attorney, Western Pennsylvania