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.