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"If sexually abusive educators had tails and horns, matters would be simplified greatly. The fact is, however, they often are well-liked by students and colleagues."

Mary Jo McGrath
Santa Barbara attorney
specializing in school law

Some characteristics of the typical pedophile or serial child sex abuser:

X Usually an adult male

X Often appear to be hard-working, family men

X Tend to be better educated and more religious that the average person

X Find ways to be alone with children; for instance, music teachers or coaches often are in a position to give individual attention to students. In one case, a pedophile teacher volunteered to direct the school’s computer center, because the door was always locked to prevent theft

X Tends to be well-liked by parents and children; a pedophile teacher is often one of the most popular teachers in school

X Actively seeks children who are quiet, needy, or have problems at home

X Often photographs the victim

X Often collects child pornography

X Usually accomplishes molestation by gradual seduction, not coercion

X Also lavish attention on children they don't abuse, to build a sense of trust by parents and other students

Sources: Dr. W. Richard Fossey, associate dean of the college of education at Louisiana State University, Craig Emanuel, investigator with the Arizona Department of Education Sources, and the book: "Child Abuse and Neglect," by Roland C. Summit.

James Hilston/Post-Gazette


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