John Pirics has devoted over half of his twenty-four-year career in law enforcement to the investigation and prevention of crimes against children. He was a founding member of the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force in 2007. During his ongoing assignment with the task force, he has investigated hundreds of cases involving the sexual exploitation of children. Considered as an expert in the area of crimes against children investigations by both State and Federal prosecutors, John is a national trainer on topics such as child exploitation and child abuse investigations, interviewing and interrogation, and prevention. A passionate advocate for children, John serves on the technical advisory board for his local child advocacy center, and regularly speaks to local parent and educator groups about online safety and crime prevention. John is a highly respected member of Zero Abuse Project’s Speakers Bureau.
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.