More than 1,400 adults were found guilty of sexual offences against children in 2013-14, according to numbers provided by Statistics Canada’s Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Integrated Criminal Court Survey.
16×9 requested the most recent data available from the Centre in order to get a snapshot of court decisions dealing with adult sexual offenders.
Numbers show that 57 per cent of adults charged with sexual offences against children were found guilty in 2013-14. The percentage is amongst the highest when compared to other violent crimes such as murder and major assault which both carried conviction rates of 53 per cent.
The most common type of sentence for adults convicted of sexual offences against children was custody. 83 per cent of guilty child sexual offenders were sent to jail. The number is much higher than other violent crimes such as murder and assault, which were 72 per cent and 48 per cent respectively.
Guilty findings include:
This category also includes guilty pleas, and cases where an absolute or conditional discharge has been imposed.
Adult criminal court statistics in Canada, 2013/2014, Statistics Canada
Guilty cases completed in adult criminal court, by type of offence and select sentence, Canada, 2013/2014
Cases completed in adult criminal court, by type of offence and decision, Canada, 2013/2014. Statistics Canada
Police reported sexual offences against children and youth in Canada, 2012, Statistics Canada
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