Pedophiles often go for careers in which access to children below the age of twelve is easy. These careers include teaching, pastoral care, child care facilities management. Mr. Henry De is a private math tutor for Katie. This creates for him absolute privacy and opportunity to feed his sexual fantasies on the child.
When Mr. Dee comments that he leads a secret life, he is clearly referring to his unpleasant fixation with minors. He would never reveal what is secretive about his life, for fear of being suspected in the disappearance of Katie. While presenting a more balanced, mature and caring adult public life, Mr. Dee is perpetually involved in the inner fight with his private obsession with minors. Equally captivating is Mr. Dee’s inability to effectively engage in adult social activities. He however prefers children friends. This double life of Mr. Henry Dee is typical of all pedophiles and child offenders. They never admit their attraction to children and they often substitute their failure in adult social activities to affection with children. This is because children do not expose them to the same level of engagement, characteristic of adult populations.( Baron 410)
Most criminals often justify their actions prior to and after committing crime. Robbers would for instance justify their actions based on the concept of unequal distribution of resources where some members of the society command more resources than their counterparts. Their actions are therefore meant to equally redistribute the resources in the society. Psychologists have leveled the choice theory to this behavior of the criminals. Choice theory posits that every criminal engages in crime as a personal choice, and not having been pushed to it by extraneous forces. (Peters 390)
In relation to the actions of Mr. Henry Dee, the choice theory is justified in the sense that Mr. Dee have the option of stifling his unhealthy sexual attraction to children. This, he does not do. He instead chooses to fuel his fantasies around the minor leading to the abduction of Katie.
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