The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes

Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

Federal investigators nearly doubled the number of  investigated sex crimes involving children between 2004 and 2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced Thursday.

Child sex crime cases include possession or production of child pornography and child sex trafficking, the BJS reported. Federal investigators took up 1,405 of these cases in 2004, compared to 2,776 cases in 2013. More than 70 percent of the prosecutions each year were for possessing child pornography, followed by those suspected of sex trafficking at 18 percent and those who produced child pornography at 10 percent. (RELATED: UK Reports On Child-On-Child Sex Abuse Are Skyrocketing)

The Department of Justice prosecuted a total of 36,080 child sexual exploitation cases between 2004 and 2013. Nearly 100 percent of the offenders were male; 97 percent were U.S. citizens; 82 percent were white; 79 percent had no prior felony convictions; and 70 percent were unmarried. (RELATED: High Powered Sex Abusers: Too Big To Fail)

Those convicted of child sex crimes received prison sentences more reliably than any other major federal crime, with 98 percent of convicts going to prison. Prison sentences for these convicts also got more severe over the years, with the average prison sentence nearly doubling from 70 months to 139 months.

Of the 36,080 suspects, 60 percent faced prosecutors in trial, and 36 percent were never prosecuted. Of those who went to trial, 90 percent submitted a guilty plea. Only four percent of those who didn’t plead guilty were convicted in trial.


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