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Robert Hugh Farley MS, was the commanding officer (retired) of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Child Exploitation Unit in Chicago, IL. As a highly decorated Detective, Unit Supervisor and Deputy U.S. Marshal he has had over 28 years’ experience investigating and supervising all aspects of child abuse crimes – from sexual abuse to child homicide. During his career, he has supervised and conducted not only national, but also international child abuse investigations.
In 2007, Robert supervised the internal investigation, following sexual abuse allegations, at Oprah Winfrey’s School for Girls in South Africa. In 2011, Robert became the first police officer to conduct a child sexual abuse training seminar for the clergy in the Vatican – Rome. In 2012, he collaborated with the Boys Scouts of America following the court ordered release of the ineligible volunteer or so called “perversion files.” In 2015 and 2018, he returned back to the Vatican – Rome to conduct a child sexual abuse training for the clergy and administration.
As an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and instructor in child abuse investigation techniques Robert has conducted thousands of child abuse investigation training seminars for the U.S. Department of Justice, the F.B.I. and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in all 50 of the United States and in 22 different countries for INTERPOL. As a result of his unique training curriculum, the numerous investigative techniques he developed have been implemented by thousands of police departments, child protection agencies, child advocacy centers, MDT’s and prosecutors throughout the world. Mr. Farley is a distinguished member of the Zero Abuse Project’s Speaker’s Bureau.