Suspect Confesses to More Sex Crimes; Inman's Long Rap Sheet Typical

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Byline: Joyce Howard Price, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The suspect charged in the May 26 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 20-year-old Clemson University student has also confessed to committing two other sex crimes at about that time, and like most sex offenders, he has a long criminal history involving sex abuse.

DNA has linked Jerry Buck Inman, 35 described as a "serial sexual predator" by South Carolina authorities to the abduction, rape and strangling of Tiffany Souers, a junior at Clemson.

Based on confessions Inman reportedly made after his arrest, the district attorney of Sevier County, Tenn., is also seeking charges of aggravated rape and aggravated burglary against him in a May 22 assault there. Inman also has been charged with burglary and attempted rape in a May 23 incident in Rainsville, Ala.

More than 5 percent of convicted sex offenders are rearrested for another sex crime within three years of their release from prison, according to a comprehensive study by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. That makes them four times more likely than people who are not sex offenders to be arrested for sex crimes after their prison discharge.

What's more, the federal research showed that of the released sex offenders who commit another sex crime, 40 percent perpetrate the new offense within a year of their release.

Data released last year by Canadian researchers, following a meta-analysis of 95 studies involving more than 31,000 sex offenders in North America, Europe and Australia who were followed for a mean of 70 months, found a sex recidivism rate of 14 percent after five years.

According to the Oregon-based Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), a group that says treatment of sex offenders does not replace a criminal justice response, the research literature generally indicates that recidivism rates for untreated sex offenders who primarily target children ranges from 10 percent to 40 percent. …