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Sex Offenders Employ Simple Techniques to Change Identity

Sexual offenses – particularly those against children – are among the most reprehensible of crimes. Two techniques that sex offenders use to escape detection from the law are manipulating their ID and residing at addresses other than those reported to authorities, a nationwide study found.

Donald Rebovich, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice and executive director of the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) at Utica College, conducted the study, “Hiding in Plain Sight? A Nationwide Study of the Use of Identity Manipulation by Registered Sex Offenders.” Rebovich worked in conjunction with researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and ID Analytics, to study how sex offenders avoid registration/tracking under sex offender reporting/tracking systems. The data, which came from the National Sex Offender Registry maintained through the FBI and included cases from all 50 states, was analyzed to determine how often sex offenders manipulated their ID to escape detection, as well as the methods they used to do so.

Findings indicated that several of the most frequently used methods to avoid tracking included using multiple aliases, using various identifying information such as social security numbers and date of birth, stealing identifying information from family members, manipulating their names, using the address of family members or friends, altering their physical appearance, or moving to another state with less stringent laws.

“While the frequency of ID manipulation by sex offenders was lower than initially expected, it is still a matter of grave concern,” said Rebovich. “Given the sheer volume of registered sex offenders throughout the U.S., it is likely that tens of thousands of sex offenders are flying under the radar by employing simple methods to avoid effective tracking.”

The management and control of known sex offenders has become a national, state and local priority, Rebovich said.

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Hiding in Plain Sight?

A Nationwide Study of the Use of Identity
Manipulation by Registered Sex Offenders

Educate yourself so you can think like the enemy thinks.

Yes. Thanks for the free playbook you pencil pushers! This just exposes the scale and scope of how convoluted and monotonous Megan’s Law has become. It is a security theater cottage industry boondoggle that has gotten too big and employees hundreds of thousands. This is REAL reason why they’re circling the wagon around it. “Protecting” children is just a window dressing. Did you know that after a national disaster, the Marshals are sent out to coral up all the SO’s in the impacted area? Go here to read more about this insanity and how the GAO facilitates and defends the… Read more »

“…it is likely (NOT)that tens of thousands of sex offenders are flying under the radar by employing simple methods to avoid effective tracking.” Another hystria B$. Throw it in the trash.

Actually, this was an obvious attempt to obtain hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of federal grant money. Throw “Homeland Security” into the mix, add “sex offender” and wham! instant nomination for such a windfall.

No kidding! Just say “For the Children” or “Against Terror” and you’ll get anything passed. And the sheeple applaud…

Nothing new. Worked then, works now. Jahwol, Herr Goebbels!

Yeah, because it’s “a matter of grave concern” to make sure we’re tracked.

FYI, CONTACT: Christine Leogrande, 1-315-223-2519, to respond to this article. It is time for these “so-called” educators to get some education.

Perhaps registrants are under the radar because we ARE NOT the ones committing any new crimes. Why should they be concerned if registrants are hiding in plain sight? The concern should be if there’s a re-offense of a new crime, which of course is about 4%.

Not for one second will I believe that Los Angeles ha a non-compliance rate of 25%! But let’s go along with whatever voodoo science this team of idiots employed, and assume that their “findings” are correct. To call it “a matter of grave concern” is complete nonsense, as it doesn’t change the fact that registered citizens have the lowest recidivism rate in the state, at just over 1%! Unfortunately, it’s BS reports like this one that our lawmakers will use as justification to pass more useless laws. We need to be careful and ensure that, if some moron in Sacramento… Read more »

So if I understand correctly, the Kafkaesque logic goes like this: Increase number of acts for which a person can be placed on the sex registry. Show complete inability to differentiate circumstances of one crime from the other. Promote idea that all people on sex registry are predators. Enact draconian laws that make it difficult for said predators to re-integrate, and make registration onerous. Find further ways to entrap, entice, or otherwise criminalize more people and add to registry. Further promote idea that all people on sex registry are predators. Entrench the idea that registrants are homogeneous, and sub-human. Make… Read more »

Please don’t slam your head into the wall. We need your clear thinking and articulate speaking. Thank you for your well written reply.

Nope you didnt miss a thing.
well, maybe if you added
Put SEX OFFENDER on their homes, or drivers licenses in big red letters (if they have a home to live in that is)

“using multiple aliases, using various identifying information such as social security numbers and date of birth, stealing identifying information from family members, manipulating their names, using the address of family members or friends, altering their physical appearance” These all appear to be fraudulent attempts to circumvent required registration under prevailing state laws… ok maybe. But then they have to add “or moving to another state with less stringent laws”!!! So now the first shots are being fired to limit/prohibit travel between states begins like they’re already limiting international travel!!! WTF! How is choosing to move to a location with less… Read more »

Changing their name? Using a different address? BRILLIANT! Why did I not think of this!? This headline might as well read: Sex Offenders Flocking to Middle East to Join ISIS Sex Offenders Flocking to Middle East to Join ISIS Information recently leaked by an unnamed source at the Department of Homeland Security reveals that registered sex offenders are traveling en mass to Syria, Libya and Iraq to join the ranks of blood thirsty ISIS. The report indicates that the perverts are not as interested in defending the newly founded Caliphate as they are enjoying lifestyle choices condemned by the West,… Read more »

Ironically, most of ISIS terrorists ARE pedophiles and hebephiles. If the US would say we were fighting sex offenders instead of simple pilot burning, Christian beheading Islamists, that “war” would be over in three weeks, culminating with adding them all to the registry.

After skimming over the introduction I was unable to figure out how the authors defined “identity manipulation”. My first guess was it simply meant purposely falsifying identifiers to avoid detection (i.e. aliases, forged documents, identity theft, etc.). After looking in more detail I still could not find a concrete definition for “identity manipulation”. In peer reviewed academic writing the first thing one does is clearly define a problem of which I cannot find. So, if I go by my assumption that identity manipulation is defined as falsifying identifiers to avoid detection then Table 5.4 on page 52 spells it out… Read more »

He is providing fraudulent data to obtain government funds. Is this the same as welfare fraud where one is claiming they need money for 10 kids by using 10 different names for one kid? We need to publicly inform the US DOJ of this crime and demand criminal legal action.

“Rebovich worked in conjunction with researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and ID Analytics”.
Wow! These guys might win a nobel prize for this research breakthrough.

Puke, Puke and Puke. Thanks. I feel better now.

WantstoHelp, You stated it perfectly, and gets right to the core of the frustration we share. The ‘research’ paper itself proves your point: These ignorant people have been completely indoctrinated to believe that the registry is inherently valid and that some people avoid identity because they are all horrible criminals plotting to re-offend. The word ‘sex offender’ must have been used in that report hundreds of times just to remind the reader of what awful people they are talking about. Certainly this 150 page report was not initiated as merely a cerebral exercise. My guess is that it was funded… Read more »

I agree with Eric knight, this guy didn’t say anything that Couldn’t be applied to all classes, and if he had to do a study to find it out, I would think he lives on Mars. yes, I smell money. OK, for all of you that won’t show up at the protest, your job is to write/email the dean of the college and ask why they wasted money on the study. Send lots of Emails, you should also send them to the colleges Board of directors. Question why they would of hired him, and his wasteful spending.

Stephen, I do get involved interacting with legislators and wading into the fray with media reports, etc. (I mention it so that you don’t feel that you’re the only one). In a case like this, though, it’s difficult to know where to even begin in locating contact information of who to reach out to with the facts on the matter. In addition to the dean, who else would be the type of person a letter like this might have an impact on? I figure that if I, who am already quite proactive in advocating the facts and research, get stumped… Read more »

“While the frequency of ID manipulation by sex offenders was lower than initially expected”….we still request 3 billion dollars a year…..

Police et al are complicit in this foolishness: my name is David, so they officially list me as having “Dave” as an alias and then they add on my middle name to create a few more so-called aliases. Example: someone named William would probably have “Bill”, “Billy”, “Will” and “Willy” listed as his aliases – all created by the police, not by the individual himself!

The police don’t read your record of trial… I had one that might have read a summary or something because my aka is Army, Sgt, E-1, E-5…

I wish I knew how to change my identity! A misdemeanor from 1998 that didn’t involve a minor or child registers for life every 90 days! Can’t support my family!

“In some parts of California, a sex offender can move without notification and not be considered in violation if he subsequently, upon detection, agrees to re-register.” I have never heard of that. Then the report goes on to state that as well as using a real-time monitoring system for sex offenders. lets use it other places.. “Such a sex offender identity manipulation notification system could have applications to other offender groups that might be involved in identity manipulation, such as pretrial releases, probationers, and parolees.” The reports numbers are screwed up. The report has so many inaccuracies. Like saying that… Read more »

Missouri registers everyone for life. Anyone moving into Illinois will be labeled sexual predator registering for life, regardless of actual crime.

The ol’ “10s of thousands” argument. Will someone burn down this straw man once and for all?

Please use your money to track how many in this registered community have had their identity changed permanently, either by the hands of strangers or by their own hands, from living to dead. That fact is an indelible stain on your white sheet nation.

The ol’ identity manipulation scheme, eh? I sometimes shave my beard, leaving a moustache, I shaved my head, then regrew my beard, I wear sunglasses when it’s sunny outside, a hat to protect my head, I shave my moustache and have a clean look, I wear different clothes daily, sometimes I dress up a little and forget the Levis. I believe this is some form of identity manipulation. I’m guessing that about 800,000 people do this on a daily basis. No wonder it is so confusing to the Keystone cops. When will it ever end? I’m not a pessimist, just… Read more »

I see a lack of proofreading as well as lack of logic….

“level of tolerance does the criminal justice system, and the general public, have for any percentage of the registered sex offender population being able to ‘hide in plain’ site from sex offender tracking systems?”

The word should be sight, not site.

At the end of the report, it gets into how Lifelock’s subsidiary, ID Analytics, can provide the implementation of the pre-conceived solution of a real-time monitoring system with credit score like frequent computation of risk assessment. Did Lifelock fund this study or what?

I found my own answer….

“Research Team

Steven Coggeshall, Ph.D., Chief Analytics and Science Officer, ID Analytics


Go figure.

Also in the conclusion section of the mostly Lifelock propaganda report….

“offenders might somehow be different from other offenders. Do they tend to be concentrated in certain seriousness tiers? If so,
why? Can this information help streamline registration/monitoring systems to make the wisest use of limited funds available
for the administration of these systems.”

Now its sounding like the report supports the notion of tiering, although to them tiering doesn’t mean eventual relief for some, but just a rating as to what extent of punishment this Kelly-like cyber-fascism will be applied to all.

I did a quick internet search and found that Lifelock, a credit-tracking company, is providing this service to its customers. So, am I to correctly guess that they are already using credit tracking in comparison with the “registry” to inform Lifelock subscribers when a “Price Club” member moves into their neighborhood? Would this be a violation of Price Club member’s rights?


This single piece of drivel will now attempt to be used as science and fact going forward for more misplace, misguided and unconstitutional legislation. If not debunked and exposed, this will be the building block and lynch pin for every legislator to point to and cite to pass dangerous legislation. No doubt Chris Kelly is lurking behind this somewhere. Pay attention people, this needs attention

This piece of trash study is a conclusion looking for a storyline to wrap it in. Gee, much or all of what is alleged is perfectly legal! You are allowed to use any alias you want other than for strictly legal purposes, such as filing a lawsuit of applying for a driver’s license. And a LOT of people do, especially wives who often use their maiden names but who have legally taken on their husband’s name (I have multiple friends who do that – one doesn’t even know what her legal name is!). Many people use aliases of trusts to… Read more »

Boy, I guess all Registered Citizens have their own personal Saul Goodman running around to get them new ID’s.

Wow. This “study” is geared to backup AWA/SORNA. It IS a conclusion to a bogus problem. Is it research? Yes. Loosely. Is it accurate? Hardly. I state this because: Many states have NOT accepted AWA/SORNA. The Federal government wants 100% acceptance – so they are using this bogus study with the help of the FBI (read a push by the attorney general and the balance of the cabinet) to come up with a “scientific” study that can only be solved by widespread analytics, real-time tracking and Federal support. In other words, if you are not AWA, we cannot help you… Read more »

Most everything that I read in the comments are very informative it helps persons to understand what it’s all about But the major majority of persons who are reading the comments are mostly members . We all know the score it’s the general public and lawyers and Judges and police officers and so on and so on . Get this information on Yahoo or Facebook or Twitter or YouTube (on sites that people turn to be) into the media go on radio talk shows etc. Let the general population know that sexual abuse is bad it’s wrong but thousands upon… Read more »

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