John Pirics has been a law enforcement officer with the Carmel Police Department for over twenty years. Over half of his career has been spent investigating crimes against children, and for the last several years he has been assigned full time to the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force. Detective Pirics has spoken often at the Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, at the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance in 2015, and at Zero Abuse Project’s Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Summit for the past 3 years.
Knock and Talk Investigations – Maximum Results with Minimum Manpower
Description: Draws from several years of experience in child exploitation investigations that have been initiated by consensual contact (knock and talks). The presentation will provide successful techniques to gain and maintain consent, tips on maximizing the interview, methods for triaging knock and talk targets, and overall strategies for the different types of situations and individuals that are encountered. This information will be blended with examples from actual cases, many of which have resulted in child rescues and significant sentences.
Predators in Schools: Thoughts on Prevention from an Offender
Description: Darrell Hughes was a long term success as a school counselor and treatment provider for a school system in Indiana. After his apprehension for producing child pornography with multiple victims, he was convicted and agreed to participate in video recorded interviews about his criminal trade craft and previously successful methods to avoid detection. During the presentation you will hear a summary of the investigation and clips from Hughes’ interview in an effort to clarify preventative steps that can be taken by parents, school staff, child protective services, and law enforcement to help keep our children safe in the school environment.