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Educator Sexual Misconduct Database, 2008 - 2010 (ICPSR 36137)

Principal Investigator(s): Mulligan, Kerry, Sage College of Albany


The Educator Sexual Misconduct Database identifies a sample of criminal cases related to educator sexual misconduct (regardless of the specific criminal statute the defendant was ultimately charged under). The sample of cases all involve a defendant who was connected to the victim through their roles as an educator or school staff member, and who are alleged to have had physical sexual contact with a minor. This database provides a sample of criminal cases specific to educator sexual misconduct even if the defendant's custodial relationship to the minor is not specifically referenced in any of the criminal charges. The sample was identified through news media coverage of criminal proceedings based on a content analysis of newspaper archives and court records available in the LexisNexis news. Cases include convictions ranging from improper relationship between educator and student, to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Study Description


Mulligan, Kerry. Educator Sexual Misconduct Database, 2008 - 2010. ICPSR36137-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-03. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36137.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36137.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (1303521)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime in schools, delinquent behavior, educators, rape, sex offender profiles, sex offenders, sexual abuse, sexual assault, teacher student relationship, trials, victims

Smallest Geographic Unit:    United States

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008--2010

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-10--2014-10

Unit of Observation:    Criminal cases

Universe:    Criminal cases of educator sexual misconduct.


Sample:    Cases were selected into the sample based on news media coverage of the criminal trial and inclusion of the news source in the LexisNexis news archive. Relevant news documents were identified using the following search terms in LexisNexis: "teacher AND student AND sexual relationship OR sexual contact OR rape OR sexual assault," and restricting the search to all U.S. based news sources. These search terms were selected to ensure inclusion of cases that were not tried under statutory or custodial relationship statues. The sample was limited to cases that were reported on in the news media in 2008, 2009, or 2010 and for which the trial had occurred no earlier than 2005. Please refer to the codebook for more information on sampling.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    None

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Description of Variables:    Variables include criminal charges, case characteristics, victim demographics, defendant occupational role, defendant demographics, criminal case resolution, and criminal case outcomes.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Restrictions: In order to prevent disclosure risk, ICPSR has removed the variables DNAME, SCHOOL, and STATE from the data collection.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-08-03



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