Predicting risk of reoffending in persons with child sexual exploitation material offense histories: The use of Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT) in a Scottish population

Valerie Savoie*, Ethel Quayle, Elizabeth Flynn, Suzanne O'Rourke

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In the past decade, there has been an increase in child sexual exploitation material (CSEM) offenses and convictions. Although research shows that individuals with CSEM offence histories generally are at low risk of reoffending, certain factors do increase that risk. With an increase in access to the technology used to produce, view and distribute CSEM and an increase in CSEM convictions, in order to assist with case prioritization, management and supervision, risk assessment is helpful across agencies. The CPORT was created specifically for this population and shows significant predictive validity for various outcomes. This study aimed to validate the use of the CPORT in a Scottish sample of 141 adult males who were convicted of CSEM offenses. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) and logistic regression analyses indicated that the CPORT significantly predicted any recidivism (Area Under the Curve = .81), any sexual recidivism (AUC = .78) and CSEM recidivism (AUC = .74), suggesting that it is a valid risk assessment tool for Scottish populations. Recommendations for further research and clinical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSexual Abuse
Early online date2 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • risk assessment
  • child pornography
  • child sexual exploitation material
  • validation study
  • CPORT

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