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CPA Forensic Division Presents: Internet Facilitated Sex Offending – What We Know And What We Think We Know

April 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


CPA’s Forensic Division Presents:

Internet Facilitated Sexual Offending:

What We Know and What We Think We Know

Presenter: Dr. George Geyson, Psy.D., Clinical and Forensic Psychologist from the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenses 

Date & Time:  Friday, April 5th, 2024 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Connecticut Valley Hospital Campus

2 Russell Hall, Middletown CT 06457

Cost: FREE CPA Members

Continuing Education:  Eligible for 3 CEs (Pending approval)


“Law enforcement officials are bracing for an explosion of material generated by artificial intelligence (AI) that realistically depicts children being sexually exploited, deepening the challenge of identifying victims and combating such abuse.” (New York Times, January 30, 2024)

Child pornography and sex offenses against minors were around long before the Internet, which accelerated these forms of sex offending. Less is known about online sex offending. Online sex offending has increased, while other sex offense related behavior declines. Since the Internet is part of everyday life, new laws, policies and practices are being implemented affecting everyone online, including parents concerned about safety and psychologists working with perpetrators and victims. But what do we know about online sex offenders and does online sex offending impact the risk for contact sex offenses? What do we know about the etiology? Are online sex offenders different from “typical” sex offenders? Do these differences affect risk, treatment, or supervision?

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the presentations, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the frequency of online sexual offending and at least 2 ways in which offenses occur.

2. Identify at least 3 risk factors to online sexual offending.

3. Articulate the clinical decision making on risk level of offending in online sex offenders.

Research Citations

Ferguson, C.J and Hartley, M.D. (2022). Pornography and sexual aggression: Can meta-analysis find a link? Trauma, Violence and Abuse. 23(1) 278–287.

Hirschtritt, M.E., Tucker, D., and Binder, R.L. (2019). Risk assessment of online child sexual exploitation offenders. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law. 47(2) online, 2019.

Seto, M.C., Hanson, R.K. and Babchishin, K.M. (Dec. 2010) Contact sexual offending by men with online sexual offenses. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) (23)1.

Seto, M.C., (2013). Internet sex offenders. American Psychological Association.

Seto, M.C., (July, 2015). Internet facilitated sexual offending. In Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI Research Brief). Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART).

Presenter Biography

Dr. Geysen is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Glastonbury. He received his Psy.D. degree from the University of Hartford in 2001. He consulted to Public Defender Services and in 2005 became a member of the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (CATSO). He was a staff psychologist at Whiting Forensic Services until 2006 and in 2006 began a private practice of clinical and forensic psychology. Dr. Geysen is on the CATSO Board of Directors and regularly consults to private attorneys and the Public Defender Services on assessments of sex offense risk, mitigation and treatment planning and recommendation.  

Post-Event Evaluation Form:

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The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Connecticut Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  1 CE credit is available per hour for attendees who are present for the entire program. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program.

CPA and our speakers have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.


April 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Connecticut Psychological Association – Forensic Division


Connecticut Valley Hospital
2 Russell Street
Middletown, CT 06457 United States
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