Presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 21–26, 2011, in Chicago, IL.
CASE REPORT PSYCHIATRY/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
Elderly Sexual Offenders: Two Unusual Cases*
Article first published online: 17 APR 2012
© 2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 57, Issue 5, pages 1381–1383, September 2012
How to Cite
Carabellese, F., Candelli, C., Vinci, F., Tamma, M. and Catanesi, R. (2012), Elderly Sexual Offenders: Two Unusual Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 57: 1381–1383. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02129.x
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 17 APR 2012
- Received 23 Mar. 2011; and in revised form 12 July 2011; accepted 24 July 2011.
- forensic science;
- sexual offenders;
- sexual abuse;
- mental disorder;
- social isolation
Abstract: The aim of this case report is to describe two cases of sexual abuse by elderly subjects for which the Judge commissioned an expert psychiatric–forensic opinion. The elderly are generally believed to commit nonviolent crimes, whereas the two cases we observed feature forcible rape committed by elderly offenders, who showed no form of mental disease and had rationally planned their offense. They had never previously committed similar acts and had no history of homosexuality; both had been married for many years before the death of their wives and had adult children. Finally, no previous episodes of rape emerged in their personal histories during interrogations. The sociocultural context in which the crimes were committed was identical and arouses interest as regards both the method employed and how the crimes were discovered. The legal authorities then commissioned accurate investigations including medicolegal and psychiatric–forensic evaluations of the offenders and their victims.