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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Chapter 6. Step 3: Be Alert to How Predators Prey on Emotions

Steve H. usually liked his job as public defender in a small suburban town just outside of Dallas, but today he dreaded the task ahead. He was scheduled to meet with a new client, Randall M. Randall was a sex offender who had been caught stalking children online. With an 8-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl at home, Steve found the thought of interviewing Randall about his alleged crimes to be upsetting.

The jailer settled Steve into the visitor’s conference room, and a moment later led Randall through the door. Dressed in a green cotton jumpsuit, Randall was clean-shaven but looked every bit of his 51 years. Steve jumped right into the questioning and found Randall wasn’t the least ...

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