Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. \ud The final published version is available from https://www.novapublishers.com.This study explored the language used by offenders soliciting sexual activities with children within Internet chat-rooms. Relational content analysis classified the linguistic content by which offenders sought to engage young persons. Eight recurrent themes encompassed the cognitions of an on-line sexual offender: ‘implicit/explicit content’, ‘on-line solicitation’, ‘fixated discourse’, ‘use of colloquialisms’, ‘conscience’, ‘acknowledgement of illegal/immoral behaviour’, ‘minimising risk of detection’, and ‘preparing to meet offline’. The language indicated increased risk-taking behaviours of the offender, which countered the anonymity chat-rooms otherwise provide. Minimising risk of detection seemed unimportant and offenders arranged off-line meetings with little caution. Electronic anonymity may give offenders false confidence, and so encourage persons to extend on-line and virtual risk-taking into to the real world
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