Taken: Sexually-motivated child abductions
A One Day Conference, Tuesday 26 January 2010. School of Oriental and African Studies, Bloomsbury, London
“The abduction of a child is a tragedy. No one can fully understand or appreciate what a parent goes through at such a time, unless they have faced a similar tragedy.”
John Walsh, father of six year old Adam Walsh who was abducted and murdered in 1981; co-founder of the US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC); campaigner for ‘The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act’ passed in the USA in 2006.
The stereotypical, high profile incidents of child abduction play into every parent’s worst nightmare and often result in media attention and public hysteria. Whilst the names of those children and offenders alike are engrained within our collective consciousness, these cases are mercifully very rare. Indeed, parental disputes resulting in the abduction of a child by one parent still make up the majority of abduction cases per se.
However, throughout the spectrum of child abduction cases, each presents unique challenges for the professionals involved in their investigation and the aftermath, particularly given the emotive nature of the crime and requirements to heavily invest resources (technical, personnel, financial and forensics) early in the investigation, which have the potential to overwhelm the best prepared investigator or agency.
Technology has opened up an exciting new world for children where they can escape the watchful eyes of the adults charged with their protection and indeed, the use of these technologies simultaneously brings both opportunity and risks for children.
Developments in technology have allowed children access to uncensored material and information that can influence their behaviour and there is growing evidence to suggest viewing certain types of material may influence their sexual developmental trajectories. Through a growing variety of technologies, children have begun to push boundaries as part of their natural social, emotional and sexual development.
Whilst the opportunities afforded by mobile and internet technology vastly outweigh these risks, they are nevertheless real. Indeed, as in the real, physical world, there are areas online that young people frequent, which will be attractive to those who seek to corrupt and exploit vulnerable children and young people for their own sexual gratification. Consequently, the online grooming of children became so concerning that new UK legislation had to be introduced in an attempt to protect them. Despite these preventative measures, offenders are still using an array of technologies and strategies to groom children with a view to abusing them virtually, by way of inciting a child to commit sexual acts to be captured on still images of webcam or indeed, to prepare children for an offline meeting.
This type of behaviour is becoming more common as a precursor to child abduction.
This one day conference will explore the issues associated with a variety of child abduction cases, predominantly focussing on sexually motivated stranger abductions.
By using a combination of recent research, operational case studies and offender debriefs, this conference seeks to identify pertinent issues for any such investigation.
Benefits to the delegate
Delegates attending this conference will gain the following:
* an understanding of the link between online grooming and child abduction;
* an insight into how child abduction is dealt with by US law enforcement agencies; and
* an insight into the UK perspective on dealing with child abduction.
09:30 Welcome: Jim Gamble, Chief Executive, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
09.45 Multiple case research: Jim O. Beasley III, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
10.30 An holistic approach: Adam Gregory, Senior Behavioural Investigative Adviser, National Policing Improvement Agency
11.30 Operation Paris – the Shannon Matthews investigation: Detective Superintendent Andy Brennan, Detective Inspector Andy Walker, West Yorkshire Police
13.30 False allegations of abduction: William Donaldson, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
14.45 Insight from the minds of child abductors: Detective Chief Superintendent Graham Hill, Dr Joe Sullivan, Consultant Chartered Psychologist, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
16.30 Questions and answers session: All speakers
Key Note Speakers
James O. Beasley III, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
James has been a Special Agent with the FBI for over 25 years. He served in three field divisions – Kansas City, Missouri; San Antonio, Texas; and Newark, New Jersey. He later served as a Supervisory Special Agent Document Examiner in the FBI Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and then as a Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in the FBI’s Sacramento, California, field division, where he managed violent crime investigations. He is currently a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime – Behavioral Analysis Unit, which is a component of the Critical Incident Response Group based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In that capacity, he has participated in operational matters relating to violent crimes, specifically crimes against children and serial murder.
He has also conducted research and published articles on these topics based on his interviews with incarcerated offenders and extensive analysis of their backgrounds and relevant case records. He holds a Batchelors degree in Psychology from Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Andy Brennan, Detective Superintendent, West Yorkshire Police
Andy is a Senior Investigating Officer with the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team. He previously served with Greater Manchester Police for 18 years before transferring to West Yorkshire Police in 2004. His career has been predominantly within the Criminal Investigations Department and Major Enquiry teams and he is passionate about the development and progression of career detectives.
William H. Donaldson, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
William is a 12 year veteran of the FBI. He is currently assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Unit III which deals with behavioural crimes involving child victims. Prior to his current assignment, William was in the Indianapolis Division Muncie Resident Agency. Before his career with the FBI, he served as an officer with the Atlanta, Georgia Police Department.
Adam Gregory, Senior Behavioural Investigative Adviser, National Policing Improvement Agency
As a Senior Behavioural Investigative Adviser, Adam brings with him 15 years experience within the field. He became an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) approved adviser in 1998 and since this time has provided written reports in support of more than 150 major crime investigations throughout the UK and overseas. He has also given, and continues to give, presentations and training inputs to a wide variety of law enforcement agencies and academic personnel both nationally and internationally.
He has extensive experience of delivering behavioural advice to major crime investigations providing services such as crime scene assessment, behavioural linkage, predictive profiling and prioritisation matrices. Adam is currently the Deputy Head of Profession for Behavioural Advice within NPIA.
Graham Hill, Detective Chief Superintendent, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Graham is currently the head of CEOP’s Behavioural Analysis Unit which is unique in that it specialises only in understanding the behaviour of people suspected of having a sexual interest in children. Graham brings with him 25 years service, the majority of which have been spent within the Criminal Investigation Department, Major Crime and specialist teams.
Since 2001, Graham has assisted with law enforcement training on the issues of understanding, interviewing, preparing strategies for interviewing child sex offenders and investigating serious sexual crimes against children. In addition to providing training in the UK, he has undertaken training internationally for European law enforcement agencies, Interpol, Europol and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in South East Asia and America. Graham holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology.
«The PJ's efforts are being boosted by information from the UK passed to them by Leicestershire Police, as well as the work of criminal behaviour experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Centre. Among them is Superintendent Graham Hill, of Surrey Police, who is working with Ceop on secondment to the UK's "FBI-style" Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). He investigated the disappearance and murder of Surrey schoolgirl Amanda "Milly" Dowler.» in Herald ScotlandDr Joe Sullivan, Principal Forensic Behavioural Analyst, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Since 1986, Joe has specialised in the assessment and treatment of adults accused or suspected of sex crimes, professional misconduct or representing a risk of sexual abuse towards children. He holds a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters degree in Criminology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied Social Sciences, a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. He is an honorary tutor at the University of Birmingham, School of Forensic Psychology. Joe was formally employed as Principal Therapist for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s Wolvercote Clinic, a specialist residential assessment and therapeutic intervention centre for the treatment of adults with a sexual interest in children. Joe has supported law enforcement enquiries into cases involving child sexual abuse in UK, USA, South East Asia and Australia.
Who should attend
This one day conference is most suitable for those involved in child abuse investigation including:
* Senior Investigating Offices and their deputies;
* Police Family Liaison Officers working in major crime investigations;
* Child protection professional who support major crime investigations; and
* Critical incident managers and front line senior supervisors.
Delegate criteria and cost
There is a delegate fee of £195 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
How to make a booking
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There are a limited number of places and you are recommended to book at your earliest opportunity.
in CEOP's site
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Internet users are being asked to help appeal to the conscience of a key witness who knows what happened to Madeleine McCann.
A one minute film has been released by British Police showing fresh images of how the missing youngster might look.
The video includes one image showing an older Maddie with darker hair and skin to show how her appearance could have changed if she had been living in North Africa.
The appeal, launched by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) centre, is targeted at a friend or relative of the person responsible for the little girl's disappearance.
Ceop head Jim Gamble said the clip's message, which has been translated into six other languages, had been crafted with the help of psychologists to persuade the witness to "do the right thing".
He said: "The person we are looking to reach is likely to be a partner, family member, friend or colleague of the person or people who were involved in Madeleine's disappearance.
"It is also highly probable that they, or someone close to them, is using the internet to search for any updates that may suggest the police are getting closer to discovering the truth."
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.
A massive international publicity drive was launched along with a major police investigation, but the youngster has never been found.
Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, welcomed the initiative.
They said in a statement: "We are extremely grateful to Ceop for launching this new message around the world in such an effective way. It is vital that it is seen and heard as widely as possible.
"If you know what has happened to Madeleine, it is still not too late to do the right thing and come forward to your local police with that information.
"We love Madeleine. Please help us bring her home."
Ceop hopes people will spread the new film across the globe using blogs, email and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
It features a number of well-known photographs and video clips of Madeleine, as well as three pictures of how she could look now, aged six, if she is still alive.
The US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children initially developed the age-progression images to be released in May to coincide with the second anniversary of her disappearance.
However, two fresh pictures were created following concerns that she had been made to look "too American".
In one her blonde hair and pale skin are unchanged, but in the second she has dark hair and skin to show how she might appear if she has spent time in the sunnier climate of southern Europe or north Africa.
The video has a voice-over in which Mr Gamble appeals directly to anyone with information about what happened to the child.
He says: "We know that there is someone out there who knows who is involved in her disappearance. They may be keeping this secret out of fear, misplaced loyalty or even love.
"Keeping this information secret only increases the anguish of Madeleine's family and friends and increases the risk to other children.
"If you know who is involved and are keeping this secret, remember that it is never too late to do the right thing."
The message is available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
It is being supported by police agencies around the world, including Interpol, Europol and forces in Australia, the US, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
Ceop said the appeal came about after Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, wrote to him expressing frustration that lines of inquiry were drying up.
Mr Gamble stressed that investigations involving missing children were never closed, citing the cases of youngsters such as Jaycee Lee Dugard, who turned up in California in August this year after disappearing 18 years earlier.
He said: "For each one of those kids there's a story where lots of people thought they would never turn up again.
"I believe this is about hope, it's about collective hope. And I absolutely believe this message cascading and spreading in the right way will deliver answers for us."
in STV news 03 November 2009