Offender and victim characteristics of registered female sexual offenders in Texas: a proposed typology of female sexual offenders

Sex Abuse. 2004 Apr;16(2):121-37. doi: 10.1177/107906320401600203.


Victim and offender characteristic of all registered adult female sexual offenders in Texas (N = 471) were examined. The most common offenses the females were arrested for were indecency with a child--sexual contact, sexual assault on a child, and aggravated sexual assault on a child. The majority (88%) of the females were Caucasian and the ages ranged from 18 to 77 (M = 32). The results of Hierarchical Loglinear Modeling yielded a complex relationship between offender and victim characteristics; thus, identification of preferred victims is mitigated by more than one variable. Additionally, the employment of cluster analysis yielded 6 types of female sexual offenders. The most common group includes 146 offenders, heterosexual nurturers. They were the least likely to have an arrest for a sexual assault. The victims were males who averaged 12 years of age. The other types of offenders included, noncriminal homosexual offenders, female sexual predators, young adult child exploiters, homosexual criminals, and aggressive homosexual offenders.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / classification
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data
  • Crime Victims* / classification
  • Crime Victims* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Assessment
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Offenses* / classification
  • Sex Offenses* / psychology
  • Sex Offenses* / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Texas / epidemiology
  • Women* / psychology