Child Pornography Crimes as Reported to Law Enforcement Agencies
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Past studies have shown that child pornography is associated with multiple, violent offenses. This article presents a current picture of child pornography incidents as reported to law enforcement agencies. The analysis presents a multinomial logit regression on data from the 1991 to 2016 National Incident-Based Reporting Software (NIBRS) confirming findings that child pornography is associated with violent offenses. However, it also identifies clear differences between child and adult pornography crimes, such as ages for offenders and victims that are younger than expected, an association with gang activity and violent offenses, and suspected computer use by offenders. Many child pornography offenders are minors, rather than older adults; most victims are pre-teens (10 to 14), not young adults; and child pornography offenses are more likely to include victims than adult pornography. The updated information provided in this analysis can assist in the prevention of child exploitation nationwide.