Investigating Sextortion

Course Description

The audience will be provided with a discussion concerning the prevalence of extortion in the U.S. and abroad, which focuses on current statistics, media reports, and what investigators are battling during current investigations.  The course will examine ways to identify and recognize victims of sextortion based on research and law enforcement case studies by defining various types of sextortion and what social media apps are being used to groom or entice children.  The session will explore how sextortion is tied to suicide and abuse based on the psychology behind a victim’s thoughts and fears while being manipulated and controlled by the offender.  Additionally, the class will also focus on the proper steps and techniques available to law enforcement to properly investigate sextortion cases by utilizing search warrants, subpoenas, and collecting digital evidence necessary to locate and detain a target.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the prevalence of sextortion in the U.S. and abroad.

2. Examine ways to identify and recognize victims of sextortion.

3. Steps and techniques to properly investigate sextortion.

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