A Case Study: The Rocky Path of a Teenager's Assault, from Incident Through Trial & Beyond
Liana Hill, Kelvin Minton
This case study of the assault of a 17-year-old girl by her boss at a pizza parlor will take attendees from the time of the initial report through her examination, advocacy, and trial. The presenters will review how each component affected the case, from interviews of witnesses to suspect examination and beyond. Advocacy was a key component in how the victim felt she was treated and how each turn affected her life and recovery. The presenters will discuss the good and bad of this case; it may not have ended in the outcome everyone wanted, but it was the outcome desired by the victim.
Consenting Adults/Clandestine Violence: A Story of Flirtation, Courting, Plotting, & Conflicting Victims
Peter Jenkins, Ben McNair, Lynn Bilko, David Thomas
In 2015, suburban police requested FBI assistance after reports that 19-year-old Tierra Bryant was suddenly missing, & last seen in the company of smooth-talker Rashad Hunt, a convicted triggerman in a prior case. Investigators faced years of challenges against the street-savvy Hunt, who was widely believed to be directly responsible, until the case solidified his involvement. Based on the suspect's extensive criminal background, coupled with uncooperative family members, investigators were forced to proceed with requesting a difficult & unique prosecution strategy of filing a "no-body" homicide charge. In the process, the case revealed a surprising twist in which the suspect, was targeted for robbery by the would-be homicide victim. Attendees in this case study will gain understanding of FBI resources to augment local criminal charges, internal challenges within investigator/prosecution teams, & obtaining concurrence to prosecute as a homicide based on a "no-body recovery."
Denver's Domestic Violence Triage Review Team: How a Multidisciplinary Team Can Create Better Outcomes for Victims, Investigations & Prosecutions
Sasha Hutchings, Allison Rocker, Scott Snow
This two-part workshop & case study will explore the value & importance of Denver's Domestic Violence Triage Review Team. Attendees will learn about the history that brought together the multidisciplinary team over a decade ago; the value of bringing both system-based & community-based organizations together in the response to domestic violence for both the victims' experiences, as well as the outcomes of the cases; the advantages of housing the Domestic Violence Triage Review Team at Denver's family justice center; & the benefits & challenges of working together as a multidisciplinary team. The workshop will concentrate on the history, logistics, & benefits found in the Denver Domestic Violence Triage Review Team. After learning about the process and function of the Team, the Case Study will allow attendees to experience first-hand what it is like to participate in the Domestic Violence Triage Review Team.
Illusion of Choice: A Case Study (Pt. 1 & 2)
Rebecca Bender, Rebekah Charleston, Mark Parsons, Andrew Stover
Two teenage girls from opposite sides of the United States think they've found men who truly care for them. Instead, the men are carefully luring Rebecca Bender and Bekah Charleston into the world of human trafficking, in which they're forced, frauded, and coerced into prostitution. Years later, Federal Investigator Mark Parsons and U.S. Attorney Andrew Stover receive a tip on a potential drug case, or is it bank fraud, or tax evasion? The investigation uncovered the covert human trafficking ring that spanned across the country. When none of the victims will talk, the case takes a turn and hind sight is always twenty-twenty. This case study will invite attendees to learn from all four parties involved on the detailed grooming tactics employed to brainwash the victims and lessons learned on what did and didn't work during the investigation and prosecution.
Pimpology in Practice: The Continuous Trafficking Case of Glen Dukes
For 5 years, Glen Dukes preyed upon the drug-addicted women engaged in prostitution on the east side of San Antonio. Once they had been persuaded to join Team Glen, they were beaten, choked, drugged, raped, and regularly threatened with death. Glen controlled every aspect of their lives, including their food, sleep, clothing, hair, and nails. When that control seemed threatened, Glen murdered several women and forced his team to help clean and dispose of the bodies as yet another way to bind them to him. This case study will provide attendees with insight into how to try trafficking cases where the victims were prostituting before and after the trafficking, highlight the wide range of coercive tactics used by traffickers and unique trial issues when dealing with adult sex trafficking, and discuss the use of the continuous trafficking charge to ultimately bring a killer to justice.
Prosecuting the Manipulative, Torturous, & Coercive Defendant Without Victim Cooperation
Shannon Archer, Betsy Anderson
After being arrested on a warrant for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend, Malcolm Lahori was released from jail and returned to his girlfriend's house with a no contact order in his hand. Lahori was angry that he had been arrested. He forced his way into her home, attempted to strangle her in the bathroom, and then waterboarded her in the bathtub. A neighbor called the police, who promptly responded and arrested Lahori. Minutes after arriving at the jail, Lahori called his girlfriend several times--threatening, manipulating, and attempting to control her. Lahori was subsequently brought to trial. His girlfriend did not appear despite receiving a subpoena; Lahori was nonetheless convicted, with only the testimony of police officers. This case study will show how a thorough police investigation can allow the prosecution to hold an offender accountable without victim cooperation under the legal theory of Forfeiture by Wrongdoing.
Testifying in Court: Understanding the Impact of Non-Typical Communication in Ligation
Beverly Frantz, Jack O'Neill
The criminal justice system faces major and complex challenges to ensure that equal justice is afforded to all those who come into contact with the system as victims and witnesses. One significant challenge is to recognize and support survivors of crime who communicate in a non-typical manner. This case study will follow the sexual assault case of a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and significant speech disability. The investigation by the Special Victims Unit, preliminary hearing, pretrial litigation, trial, and an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be discussed.
U.S. v. Kenneth Chatman: Sex Trafficking in the Midst of South Florida's Opioid Crisis
Peter Angell, William Stewart
In early 2015, FBI Miami received information that Kenneth Chatman, an operator of multiple South Florida substance abuse recovery centers, was engaged in the sex trafficking and exploitation of his female clients in his residences in Palm Beach and Broward counties. As Chatman was already on the FBI's radar as a target of a health care fraud (HCF) investigation, Special Agents in Palm Beach County pooled resources to bring Chatman and his associates to justice in a first-of-its-kind federal case involving both HCF and sex trafficking violations. This case study will focus on Chatman's use of physical violence, fear, isolation, and dependency tactics to manipulate and exploit some of society's most vulnerable individuals: struggling addicts that traveled to Florida with hopes of recovery.
When Serial Rapists Murder
Frederick Harris, Sheilah Priori
This case study will detail the investigation of a serial and savage sexual predator that viciously assaulted, robbed, and murdered his victims. One victim was found lying in pool of her own blood behind a building in Killeen, Texas, left for dead. The victim was transported to the hospital for a forensic exam, which resulted in DNA collection that connected this predator to several rapes, robberies, serious assaults, and murder across two states. The presenters will discuss the medical aspect of the sexual assault exam and how law enforcement was able to build community trust and track a serial predator with the help of a forensic nurse, a brave woman, and a mother who refused to let her daughter's murder go unsolved.
When Two Worlds Collide: How Military & Civilian Law Enforcement Cooperation Can Lead to Successful Prosecutions
Michael Crumrine, Elizabeth Walker
Alcohol & drug-facilitated sexual assaults are undoubtedly some of the most difficult cases to investigate, prosecute, & bring some measure of justice for the victim. They involve complex issues such as the consent defense; memory loss due to alcohol intoxication or trauma; suspects' assertions they were as impaired as the victim, therefore leveling the playing field. However, with the cooperation & collaboration of well-trained Special Victims Prosecutors & investigators, these crimes can be thoroughly investigated & successfully prosecuted. In February 2012 in Austin, Texas, three soldiers separated a highly intoxicated University of Texas student from her friend, transported her to a hotel, & raped her. This interactive workshop will examine the first successful prosecution of a substantially incapacitated sexual assault case on the world's largest military installation, Ft. Hood, Texas. The workshop will focus on the collaborative effort between the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps & civilian law enforcement.