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Sex Offenders and the Internet

The crime of child sexual exploitation has changed dramatically. The explosion of the Internet and technology inadvertently provided effortless access by pedophiles and child molesters to their victims. The child molester is no longer required to use traditional methods of obtaining victims when he can sit at a computer or utilize a cell phone to anonymously lure boys and girls for sex. A pedophile can now avoid the risk of accepting a parcel containing child pornography, because in minutes he can locate and download any type of child pornography desired. This intensive, state of the art, training seminar will explore current trends in child sexual exploitation, with an extensive focus on the Internet and the impact of technology. Computer terminology and technology as it relates to this topic will be described as well as how computers are used to store, manufacture and distribute child pornography and lure children for sex. Interview techniques specific to the online seduction of children, for both victims and perpetrators will be presented. Teaching points will be accentuated by actual online child exploitation cases, from the point of the victim's disclosure to the arrest of the offender. Specific successful online investigative and tracking techniques will be demonstrated which, at present, have only been utilized by a small group of agencies across the United States and the world. Finally, prevention techniques will be identified that law enforcement, parents and teachers can use to teach and protect young people. Note: The ACTUAL DISPLAY of child pornography is a federal crime and will not be a part of this program.

Workshop Content

Profiling the Internet child sexual predator
Characterizing the susceptible technology related child or teen victim
Interviewing techniques for the online sexual abuse victim
Web page dangers for children and teens involving myspace, facebook, youtube, livejournal, xanga and online gaming sites.
Online child sexual abuse indicators and the special needs of the victim
Web-cams, chat rooms, file severs, and the Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
The progression of child pornography from Polaroid's and camcorders to digital cameras and beyond
Child molester collections: child pornography, child erotica and trophies
Child exploitation evidence identification and evaluation
Techniques and software which can be utilized to identify an Internet child molester
State of the art reactive and proactive investigative responses to Internet child enticement
Interviewing techniques and disclosure themes for the Internet child molester
Classic and evolving defense utilized by the technology related child molester
Working with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and coordinating multidisciplinary team investigations in online child abuse investigations

Workshop Objectives

Identify the technology related issues that are employed in an online investigation
Describe the types of peripherals utilized by an online child molester and their uses
Identify the distinction between child erotica versus child pornography
Identify the types of online child exploitation victims
Describe the seduction techniques utilized by the Internet child molester
Identify the specific information needed from a victim interview for the corroboration of a crime
List the various investigative responses to an online child exploitation situation
Assess the specific themes which can be utilized in an online child molester interview
Describe ways in which young people can avoid being victimized by the online child molester

Presented by

Robert Hugh Farley, M.S.
Robert Hugh Farley, M.S.Robert Hugh Farley MS is a thirty-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Chicago, Illinois. As the Commanding Officer (retired) of the Child Exploitation Unit, a highly decorated Detective and a Deputy United States Marshal he has had over twenty-eight years experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes from sexual abuse to child homicide.

As an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and instructor in child abuse investigation techniques, Robert has conducted training seminars for tens of thousands of police officers, federal agents, attorneys, judges, child protection investigators, social workers, physicians and other professionals. He has conducted thousands of training seminars on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other agencies in all 50 states. As an international consultant for INTERPOL and the U.S. Department of Defense he has conducted training seminars in 23 different countries around the world. In 2007, Robert supervised the internal investigation, following sexual abuse allegations, at Oprah Winfrey’s School for Girls in South Africa. In 2011, he became the first police officer to conduct a child sexual abuse training seminar for the clergy in the Vatican - Rome.