Brent J. Brents, a suspected serial rapist arrested last week in Colorado, may have been driven by an escalating need for violence that was approaching homicidal rage, believes an expert interviewed by the Denver Post. Brents might not have cared much about getting caught as police swarmed the neighborhood he was living in because the urge to offend was so strong, the expert says. Brents fits the profile of a sexual sadist, a person who attacks the weak with displaced aggression, says forensic psychologist Duane L. Dobbert, the author of “Halting the Sexual Predators Among Us: Preventing Attack, Rape, and Lust Homicide.”
Police say Brents began his crimes just after his release from prison seven months ago. He is suspected in attacks on at least seven women and children since he got out. The attacks increased over the past two weeks and nearly ended in a homicide when he allegedly beat a woman shortly before his capture in Glenwood Springs, Co. “If you watch this man’s behavior and how it was increasing in severity, homicide was going to become the next higher level of stimulation for him,” Dobbert said. They are four types of sexual predators, said Leigh Baker, a clinical psychologist and director of the Trauma Treatment Center of Colorado. Brents fits that of an antisocial offender because he is alleged to have sexually assaulted people regardless of age, gender or type. It’s also possible that drugs or alcohol were fueling his desires and urges, said Brent Turvey, an expert on the behavior of serial rapists and author of “The Rape Investigation Handbook.” Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman confirmed that Brents is a drug user. The Post reported that a computer mix-up prevented authorities from matching a DNA sample from Brents to an October sex assault. If the error hadn’t occurred, Brents might have been arrested months before the attacks that terrorized Denver.