(Received 8 February 1999; accepted 5 November 1999)
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The purpose of the study was to determine the clinical and demographic characteristics of elderly sexual offenders at a maximum-security forensic hospital. Charts of male elderly patients charged with sexual offenses were reviewed to obtain clinical and demographic data. The majority of sexual offenders had mood or psychotic disorders. Almost one third had a history of violent or assaultive behavior. 57% had significant medical history. A history of violence and sexual assaultive behavior may be risk factors for future sexual offenses.
Staff psychiatrist, Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Clarenville, NF
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