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Author: Kristen M. Zgoba

Title: Sex Crimes

Subtitle: -

In: The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology (Vol. II: L-Z)

Edited by: J. Mitchell Miller

Place: Hoboken

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Year: 2014 (Published online: March 26, 2014)

Pages: 777-78?

ISBN-13: 9780470658444 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781118517390 (ebook) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / John Couey, John Albert Gardner, Jesse Timmendequas; Cases: Victims / Amber Hagerman, Megan Kanka, Chelsea King, Jessica Lunsford; Types: Child Sexual Ause; Victims: Age and Gender / Girls; Victims: Deprivation / Abduction; Victims: Physical Consequences / Homicide



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Author: Kristen M. Zgoba, Program in Criminal Justice, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Abstract: »This entry discusses several key sex crime cases, specifically those that have initiated much of the sexual offender legislation that exists today. The particular cases discussed include Megan Kanka, Amber Hagerman, Jessica Lunsford, and Chelsea King; and a detailed explanation of the resulting memorialization law is provided. Additionally, this entry provides a review of the empirical research on the laws and on the disconnect that exists between society's expectation of increased penalties and the reality of ineffectiveness.« (Source: Wiley Online Library)

Wikipedia: History of Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1991–2008) | Rape in the United States: Amber Hagerman, John Albert Gardner, John Couey, Murder of Jessica Lunsford, Murder of Megan Kanka | Sex and the law: Child sexual abuse