Deseret News
By Emiley Morgan
Nov. 28, 2011

Samuel Seager doesn’t know whether it was child pornography that led him to sexually abuse his 12-year-old victim or not.

“I think, for my case, it was coincidence that they both happened at the same time — but maybe not,” he said from the Duchesne County Jail.

“Would I have done so much with her if it hadn’t been what I’d seen on the Internet? Got ideas and really started playing with the deviant part of my mind? With these cases, you don’t know what you would have done without that influence in your life.”

One thing he does know is that the abuse and pornography worked hand-in-hand. What he saw — which, at first was so repulsive to him — became less and less so as time went on. Pornography changed the way he treated his victim.

“It’s safe to say that the abuse was more aggressive, pronounced or worse because of (pornography),” Seager said.

Ken Wallentine, chief of law enforcement with the attorney general’s office, said it was “unusual” for investigators and prosecutors to find a child sex abuse case that didn’t originate with or involve child pornography.

“Every time we find a child predator, almost without fail you can track back and find that pornography and child pornography was part of the picture,” the chief of law enforcement with the Utah Attorney General’s Office said. “The links are frightening and they are powerful.”

Wallentine pointed to a study conducted at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex that, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, found that “up to 80 percent of federal inmates incarcerated for possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography also admitted to hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from touching to rape.”

The study also found that for every known victim, the convicted sex offenders, responding anonymously, listed dozens more that were unknown.

Of the 155 child pornography offenders in the study, investigators knew of 75 victims at the time they were all sentenced. But those offenders reported crimes against a total of 1,777 victims in the course of the study.

The surprising details were reported in “The ‘Butner Study’ Redux: A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography.”

Lynn Robertson, a victim’s advocate working in the Heber Valley, doesn’t need data to make the connection between child pornography and sexual abuse. Twenty years of social work has shown her the link, made even more clear in the past five years or so.

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