One in Six Sex Offenders Lives Double Life on the Internet, Study Finds
One in six convicted US sex offenders lives a double life on the Internet to stay undetected after prison, according to a study by Utica College. Preliminary results showed more than 16 percent of sexual predators use elaborate online techniques to escape Police tracking.
Other methods to avoid monitoring on the Internet include using multiple aliases, social security numbers, and dates of birth. They also steal identifying information from their family, manipulate their own name or changed name through marriage, use the address of family members or friends, and, in the offline world, even change their looks or move to states with more flexible laws.
“The management and control of known sex offenders has become a national, state and local priority,” said Donald Rebovich, executive director of Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection. “This study will undoubtedly be beneficial when it comes to identifying and monitoring sex offenders’ identity manipulation, tracking address history and locating sex offenders who have absconded.”
In January, a 25-year-old sex offender got an extra six months in prison after working out at the same gym center where he had molested several girls. After he was released from prison last year, Tyler Miller also changed his name to Lupoli. Though Police didn’t prohibit him to go to the gym, he wasn’t allowed in places with a lot of kids.
The Utica College study was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Researchers interviewed several American experts, then conducted a national survey of law enforcement involved with sex offender registration, monitoring and location, and analyzed FBI data.