Inside The Minds Of Sex Offenders

Newschannel 6 is continuing our in depth look at sex offenders in Texoma.

To better understand why people commit sex crimes, we're taking a closer look at what exactly makes them tick.

In this Newschannel 6 exclusive, Lindsey Rogers talks with an expert on the topic and goes inside the minds of sex offenders in Texoma.

"It's got to be a combination of our brain chemistry, of our upbringing, of the manner in which we were treated by our parents and or other people by our past history, it's also influenced heavily by drugs and alcohol and mental illness. It's also influenced significantly by anger and rage responses. It's a multi-faceted process," said licensed sex offender treatment provider Ron Burks.

Because of this, we found profiling sex offenders is extremely difficult.

There are no clear cut ways to categorize people who commit sex crimes.

So, for the best understanding, we went to a Texoman whose job is to get inside the mind of these criminals.

Burks has been a licensed sex offender treatment provider for 20 years.

During those 20 years, he's treated anywhere from three to four thousand sex offenders in Texoma.

Burks says the problem starts with a sex offender's thinking.

The errors come when they use excuses to justify their sex crimes.

"They will think in a convoluted sort of fashion that way. It's like each one kind of makes up their own rules of what's ok and what's not ok and any correlation between that and reality is accidental," Burks said.

Mental illnesses can significantly influence a persons thinking.

Burks said psychopathic sex offenders are the hardest to treat.

"No guilt, no remorse, they do what they want to do when they want to do it and then make the assumption they are not going to get caught. They think they're smarter than the rest of us," he said.

When they are caught, Burks says psychopaths rarely change.

They tell you what you want to hear to make you think they won't re-offend. Burks said he's even had some lie about being abused as a child.

While psychopaths may only use this as an excuse, Burks said it is true for about a third of his patients, which may explain how they choose their victims.

"I think a significant number of them were sexually abused themselves and much of the behavior they engage in is a repetition of what was done to them," he said.

Burks said some are homosexuality oriented, others bisexual or heterosexual.

"You experience something that feels good, you do it again, you experience something that feels bad, you don't do it again. That's the norm. These guys don't function with the norm because some of them have horrendous guilt after they climax," Burks said.

He said some of his clients crossed the line when trying to educate the child about sex and sexuality but ended up taking it too far.

Others, act out of anger response.  Their motivation for sexual abuse is to punish their partner.

"They feel they are entitled to have power and control over other people or they feel entitled to do to them to their victim what was done to them," Burks said.

For example, a husband or wife may get mad at their spouse and take it out on the kids.

But some, whether it's a form of revenge or not, just enjoy making others feel pain.

"Those people are in my mind the worst, the most dangerous they're the ones who are going to be the serial rapists, the serial killers," Burks said.

He said sex offenders who kill are typically narcissists.

"Self centeredness is a key part of that. Whatever they did they had to protect themselves so as not to get caught and dead men tell no tales," he said.

Each sex offender's situation is unique. Burks said for just about every explanation as to why a sex offender committed a crime, there is another case that's an exception to that reasoning.

We want to make it clear, these explanations are not excuses.  They do not make it right or justify what they did.

"We can help some of these guys overcome this pattern as long as we know they always have the potential to re-offend," Burks said.

There's a startling number of female sex offenders in North Texas.

Sunday night at 10p.m. we'll be specifically looking at women who have been charged with indecent behavior with children and how their characteristics differ from the majority of male sex offenders.