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pedophilia

n. an obsession with children as sex objects. Overt acts, including taking sexual explicit photographs, molesting children, and exposing one's genitalia to children are all crimes. The problem with these crimes is that pedophilia is also treated as a mental illness, and the pedophile is often released only to repeat the crimes or escalate the activity to the level of murder. (See: molestation, rape, pornography)

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former Detective Chief Inspector Bob McLachlan and his book on the problems of paedophiles
PAEDOPHILE rock singer Ian Watkins has been moved to a "soft prison" - surrounded by other sex offenders and child abusers.
IF a programme called The Paedophile Next Door (Channel 4, Tuesday) had been on TV two years ago, I'd have probably changed the channel.
We told how boys care were taken be abused at a paedophile brothel at the Elm Guest House in south-west London.
According to Jarrah James, it was a "shame" that Freedman had compared the love between gay people and the kind of feelings paedophiles had for children.
Ms Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter was found in a field near Pulborough, West Sussex, after she was Killed by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting in July 2000, led a high-profile campaign calling for a British equivalent.
I was trying to look for paedophiles and connections with other cases as I was trying to build up a profile of the offender.
Sara Payne, whose daughter Sarah, eight, was murdered by paedophile Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000, campaigned for a UK equivalent.
We only ever asked for access to information about predatory paedophiles in our areas.
Mrs Payne, who has campaigned for greater access to details about paedophiles since her eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered, said the review's proposals were a positive development.
The proposed measures would build on existing laws which already allow police to approach and warn a woman who has begun a relationship with a known paedophile.
It said members of the public would be able to ask officials to run checks on local people suspected of being paedophiles - although the Home Office stressed final details had yet to be hammered out.