Crime scene behaviors and background characteristics of male exhibitionists

Kaeko Yokota, Yusuke Otsuka, Hiroki Kuraishi, Taeko Wachi, Kazumi Watanabe
2014 Japanese Journal of Forensic Science and Technology  
Characteristics of male oŠenders arrested in Japan for exhibitionism (N = 414) and features of their oŠences were investigated. In analyses, their behavioral consistency was also examined by focusing on 87 repeat exhibitionists. The results indicated that many oŠenders were well-adjusted persons: 71 were employed, 30  were married, and 23 were graduates. Moreover, 66 of the oŠences were committed in daytime, and 64 targeted victims aged 10 20 years. In 24 of cases, the distances between
more » ... Šenders' residences and crime scenes were less than one kilometer, whereas 40 of oŠenders lived over 5 kilometers away. In terms of behavioral consistency, oŠences in"trains or buses" and public spaces were shown to be consistent for repeated arrests, even after taking the occurrence rate into consideration by measures of adjusted standardized residual (ASR) and forward specialization coe‹cient (FSC), which is suggestive of behavioral consistency. Finally, less frequent behaviors, such as nighttime oŠences and oŠences targeting victims aged 30 years or older occurred less consistently in the series of oŠences. The results suggested that many exhibitionists rationally decided when and where to commit crimes, based on their calculation of risk and reward. The fact that many oŠenders were well-adjusted persons might be one of factors explaining oŠender's rational decision making. Theˆndings in the current study can contribute to the police investigation to prioritize their investigative targets. The current research can form the basis of understanding of the nature of male exhibitionists.
doi:10.3408/jafst.19.19 fatcat:5el3riixovfkblegdmabkjbne4