Federal Sex Offense Arrests and Sentences
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, sex offenses were the fastest growing federal arrest offense from 2010 to 2014.
- Federal law enforcement arrested 3,447 sex offense suspects in 2014, a 4% increase from 2010.
- The FBI (39%) made the most sex offense arrests in 2014, followed by the USMS (29%) and ICE (20%).
- The number of suspects arrested for a sex offense doubled from 1994 to 1998, doubled again from 1998 to 2004, and doubled again from 2004 to 2013.
- From 2010 to 2014, sex offenses made up 2% (16,842) of the total number of federal arrests (882,713).
- In 2014, there were a total of 79,910 arrests for sex offenses comprised of 76,463 state and local law enforcement arrests and 3,447 federal arrests.
- In 2014, arrests for federal sex offenses made up just 4% of federal, state, and local sex offense arrests.
- Seven districts had 80 or more federal sex offense arrests in 2014. Florida Middle (131), Texas Western (120), and Arizona (100) had 100 or more sex offense arrests.
- The busiest court cities for federal sex offense arrests in 2014 were San Diego, California (62); Phoenix, Arizona (62); Portland, Oregon (57); and Springfield, Illinois (54).
- Median prison sentences for defendants convicted of sex offenses had the greatest increase from 1994 to 2014.
- The median prison sentence imposed on defendants convicted for a felony sex offense increased an annual average of 5%, from 36 months in 1994 to 90 months in 2014.
- In 2014, sex offense convictions (96%) were the most likely to receive a prison sentence, followed by violent (93%), weapons (92%), and drug (89%) offense convictions.
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