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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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The Newcastle vigilante group starred in Sunday night's programme, Paedophile Hunters: Rise of the Vigilantes, which revealed the tactics they use to catch online predators and their dramatic encounters with them.
The post Our View: Outcry over paedophile's release is forcing change appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
"They can range from groomers telling a child they are beautiful, to a much harder type of paedophile who are very explicit in their chat.
She was cleared by a jury after a week-long trial which heard she had repeatedly tried to show the images to police and report his paedophile activities for four years before Watkins was arrested.
Humphries rustled together a motley crew of different voices to make the case - an expert researcher, the NSPCC, a child abuse victim and, most strikingly, a paedophile going public for the first time.
We also shone a on the Paedophile Exchange and links to government - member Geoffrey a GCHQ worker who secrets to Russia.
MORE than 700 paedophiles have been unmasked using powers under Sarah's Law since it was rolled out nationwide.
Cooke, 85 - dubbed Britain's most notorious paedophile after he tortured and killed 14-year-old Jason Swift in 1985 - would pick the unsuspecting teenage boys up off the streets around Kings Cross.
He also suggested the new system could be known as "Sarah's Law" in memory of eight-year-old Sarah Payne, who was murdered by paedophile Roy Whiting in July 2000.
The American Bill, introduced after seven-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and killed by a convicted paedophile in New Jersey in 1994, allows public access to information on the whereabouts of high-risk child sex offenders.
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.