• Arizona has approximately 13,945 registered sex offenders.
• Sex offenders come from all walks of life and from all socio-economic groups. They can be male or female, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, religious or non-religious, educated or uneducated and from any race.
• Although some sex offenders are strangers and stalkers, many know the victim as a family member, friend or neighbor. They win a child's trust and then take advantage of that trust.
• Potential victims are likely to be children that are poor, neglected, loners or runaways.
• Many pedophiles seek out mothers of single parent families for the purpose of victimizing children.
• Sex offenders often like playgrounds and other places where children congregate.
• Most sex offenders groom their victims prior to any crime.
Offenders may position themselves to come in contact with children by:
• Creating playground environments where victims have access to toys, games and other things that will later be traded for sex.
• Enticing with attention, affection, gifts, promises and providing alcohol and pornography to lower inhibitions.
• Participating in activities with teens, often excluding other adults, or trying to get teens into situations where no other adults are present.
• Preying on either a parent/teen desire to excel in a sport. They provide extra assistance and offer special attention.
• Being the "nice guy" in the neighborhood who is willing to entertain children and take them on outings.
• Operating businesses that hire teens and looking for excuses requiring them to stay after hours or visit offender's homes.
• Seeking employment or volunteering where they will be in contact with children and teens.