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CIMIP Presents Preliminary Results of Sex Offender Project

Workshop Held Prior to ECI Conference

Written By Barbara Stack, CIMIP Research Analyst

Preliminary findings on sex offenders manipulating identity to escape detection


Utica, NY (10/19/2010)
- Donald Rebovich, executive director of the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP), presented preliminary results of the Sex Offender Authentication Research Project with fellow researchers James Byrne and Kyung-Seok Choo, both from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Michael Carlson, product analyst from ID Analytics.

The results were presented at a special workshop preceding the annual Utica College Economic Crime Institute (ECI) Conference held in Potomac, Md.

Representatives from: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office; the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C); the Florida Sex Offender Registry; the Mercer County Ohio Sheriff's Department; and the Florida Office of Financial Investigations attended. CIMIP Advisory Board members and special guests Todd S. Hutton, president of Utica College; Laura Casamento, senior vice president and chief advancement officer of Utica College; and Jennifer Trost, associate professor of criminal justice and executive director of the Economic Crime and Justice Studies at Utica College; also attended.

The Sex Offender Authentication Research Project is a study to determine how sex offenders are avoiding registration and tracking as mandated by the new sex offender reporting and tracking systems, outlined under the Adam Walsh Act of 2006. In his presentation, Rebovich detailed results to date on site visits to participating legal jurisdictions, along with preliminary data analysis results on the FBI National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR), a database that contains information on registered sex offenders. Choo presented results of a national survey of law enforcement agencies done earlier this year.

Michael Carlson discussed research done by ID Analytics and the characteristics of sex offenders illustrating their cross-industry behavioral data network as it correlates to identity theft risk. Byrne concluded the presentation by previewing the data validation stage of the project and its implication in tracking down sex offenders who may have manipulated their identity.