What to look for in a sex criminal: The Criminologist shows you how to identify them and what their common characteristics are. It also explains why they often get misunderstood.

  • Patrick Tidmarsh worked with thousands of sex criminals for 30 years.
  • For preventing sexual crimes, it’s vital that we discredit stereotypes. 
  • A top criminologist stated that there were five characteristics shared by sex offenders. 
  • He claimed that they are often entitled people who objectify women and children

An internationally renowned criminalologist says that sex offenders share five common characteristics and their horrendous crimes are frequently misunderstood.

Patrick Tidmarsh worked with thousands and paedophiles over the past 30 years. 

Dr Tidmarsh managed prison treatment programs for all types perpetrators. She believes it is important to dispel stereotypes in order to stop sex crimes.

His explanation was that a male sex offenders are most likely to begin offending at four key stages in their lives: puberty and late adolescence; middle age; end of working life. 

Five common characteristics have been identified by Dr Tidmarsh in the sexual offenders that he’s encountered over the last three decades. 

Tony Ward and Thomas Keenan, New Zealanders who first recognized these traits, were the ones to blame. 

Criminologist Patrick Tidmarsh (pictured) has revealed the five common traits sex offenders share

Criminologist Patrick Tidmarsh (pictured) has revealed the five common traits sex offenders share 

The characteristics include the ability to not accept responsibility, difficulty navigating adult society, an entitlement mindset, objectification and minimization of harm.

“They find it difficult to navigate the adult world.” Therefore, they are unable to love or connect with friends, family, or intimacy. 

‘They [also]They tend to blame anyone but themselves for their actions. It’s called “uncontrollability” in things, so [using justifications such as] “it wasn’t me. I had been drinking alcohol. “I was pornographic” and other such activities.

Dr Tidmarsh stated that sex offenders should feel free to do whatever they like to feel better. 

These people also perceive children and women as sexual objects, which makes them ‘particularly skilled’ in minimising any damage they cause. 

Dr Tidmarsh stated that the combination of these five characteristics creates a dangerous mentality which could result in deviant sexual behaviors. 

‘So you put those together, that’s when you get the set that makes that person much more likely to commit a sexual offence than someone who does not hold those views or does not see the world in that way,’ he said.  

From Britain in the 1990s, Dr Tidmarsh immigrated to Australia and began his work in criminology in both prisons as well community settings. 

The characteristics include the propensity to refuse to accept blame, problems navigating the adult world, a sense of entitlement, objectification of women or children, and damage minimisation (stock image)

These characteristics include the inability to take responsibility, difficulties navigating adult life, the feeling of entitlement, objectification and minimisation of damage (stock photo).

In the 14-year history of his work with Victoria Police, he helped detectives to understand and investigate sexual offenders. He was awarded a Victoria Police Medal for merit. 

After moving to policing Dr Tidmarsh realized that sex offenses are frequently misunderstood by courts and police. He argued the victims’ voices needed to be heard in order to improve the system. 

According to him, those who hear about sexual offenses, such as judges and juries and police officers and their friends and relatives, first respond through their subconscious biases. 

Dr Tidmarsh stated that it is important to hear both the victims and the perpetrators’ versions of events and to compare their stories to get the full story. 

His new book, “The Whole Story”: Investigating Sexual Crimes – Truth, Lies, and the Way to Justice, has just been published.  


1. How to navigate the adult world

2. Refusal To Accept Blame

3. Sensation of entitlement 

4. Objectification by women of children of their sexual object 

5. Damage minimisation