The common usage
of the term 'sexual predator
' is normally to refer to an individual who preys
upon people, often those they (or society) percieve to be vulnerable
, with intent to perpetrate
a sex crime
/act of sexual misconduct
. The emphasis
is on the fact that there has been a victim
who has been taken advantage of
in a sexual manner by the person who has been called a 'sexual predator'. Whether the prey
is victim to a criminal offense is not the matter at hand, it's the role of the predatory
party in an act of sexual exploitation
against another individual that defines him/her as a 'sexual predator'.
Often used in tabloids for the purposes of sensationalism it is not a constructive or helpful term and oversimplifies the plights and problems of those centered in such stories. It's lack of value commonly leads it to being used in jest.