According to the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth, although research is limited, researchers have complied some basic information related to adolescent sex offenders.
1. Adolescent sex offenders typically do not commit offenses against adults, and adolescents who do victimize adults tend to be older than 16.
2. About one-third of sex crimes against children are committed by teenagers. Offenses against children under the age of 12 are typically committed by boys aged 12 to 15.
3. Adolescent sex offenders differ from adult sex offenders in multiple ways. They tend to have fewer victims and engage in less-serious behaviors. They typically do not share the same deviant sexual interests that adults do, and they are typically more responsive to treatment than adult sex offenders.