Sexual abuse by police officers is a pervasive problem. An officer in America wields his power or status for sexual gratification every five days, on average. Those are the ones who are caught. The actual numbers are almost certainly higher because sex crimes go widely unreported, even when the suspects are not cops. The Buffalo News compiled a database of more than 700 cases of police sexual abuse or misconduct and analyzed the variables. Typical offenders were not rookies. They had almost a decade of experience with their departments. In a surprising number of cases, children and adolescents were their targets.