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.
Chasing Hubris: A Study of Sexual Exploitation & Violence in the "Pics or It Didn't Happen' Generation
This case study will review the sexual assault of an intoxicated teenage girl by two teenage acquaintances at a house party. The assault was video recorded by one of the perpetrators, but the video was nearly lost due to mistakes by responding officers. This case involved jail house letters from one of the offenders to his victim in an effort to "get in her head" and solicit perjury, as well as a variety of legal issues including: waiver to adult court, search/seizure, destruction of evidence, ongoing interference by one of the defendants, and ongoing recovery of cell phone evidence. From failure to collect evidence at the crime scene, to advancements in technology, to inability to communicate directly with the minor victim, this case was a teaching moment for all law enforcement, forensic analysts, victim advocates, and prosecutors involved.
Eleven Months to Live
Jessica Trevizo, Dewey Mitchell
On April 27, 2016, Grand Prairie police received a 911 call from Jaelon Marcus. Jaelon told the 911 operator that his brother, Anthony Marcus, had shot his girlfriend. When police arrived, they found the lifeless body of Florencia Padilla, who had been kidnapped at gunpoint by Anthony one month prior, with two gunshots to the head. This case study will chronicle the escalation of violence and control mechanisms of an abuser over a span of 11 months. Attendees will study the different instances that the system could have intervened to save Florencia Padilla, the role that an obsession with guns played, and what we can do to education victims at all ages.
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.
Polywood Crips "I Be Doing Sh**": Dismantling a Gang Sex Trafficking Organization
Cara Pierce, John Kochan
For three years, the Polywood Crips pimped out numerous women and girls in Fort Worth, TX. They used rape, beatings, and death threats to scare their victims into staying, requiring them to bring in thousands of dollars a day, while bragging about their "business" on social media as a way to recruit new victims. Within weeks of learning about this group's activities from a 16 year-old's mom, federal and local law enforcement sprung to action. In less than a year, with numerous cooperative victims, nine members had been charged and convicted of sex trafficking-related offenses. This case study will address the challenges of gang sex trafficking investigations, including gaining victim cooperation, obtaining key evidence, and addressing witness intimidation. In addition, it will cover prosecutorial challenges such as preparing sex trafficking victims for trials and navigating pimp plea negotiations.
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.
Sexual Predators on Wheels
During this case study of the abduction and murder of Casey Jo Pipestem, a 19-year-old Seminole Indian from Oklahoma, attendees will be given a glimpse into the world of truck stops, truck drivers, and prostitutes. The presenter will examine six serial killer truck drivers, including John Robert Williams, Casey's killer. Williams is responsible for the murders of more than a dozen women, and that number continues to grow. Investigation strategies, obstacles, and lessons learned will be discussed, as well as resources and contacts at the federal level.
Strangled Memories: The Robert Israel Case
Kelsey McKay, Darrell Gibson
After being unconscious for an unknown amount of time, Stacey was found beaten and swollen, laying by a horse pen, with only the memory of being punched in the face. She regained no additional memory of the events that caused her to lose her balance and slur her speech. Those caring for Stacey followed their instinct that she had been strangled, and with no external injury or testimony from the victim to corroborate this theory, the nurse, investigator, and prosecutor successfully collaborated to investigate and prosecute this case. Survivors often lose their memories as a result of trauma and lack of oxygen to the brain, and instead of doubting credibility, this common reality can add value and evidence. This case study will inspire agencies to work together in a new way to bring the most evil of perpetrators, those who strangle, to justice.
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 throughout the investigation, the prosecution led by three different ADAs at different times, and an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed a speech pathologist to be recognized as a court-appointed translator for a survivor with progressive multiple sclerosis.
Threat Assessment of Domestic Violence Predators: Edward Campbell Case Study
Released on bail after a vicious attack on his wife, Edward Campbell's quest for revenge left three dead, two police officers wounded, and a son serving a life prison sentence. Through the lens of Campbell's murderous crime spree, participants will explore the operational threat assessment protocols and innovative intervention strategies developed at one of the largest academic medical centers in the US. The presenter will also discuss on-going challenges and strategies to prevent, mitigate, and/or neutralize emerging threats to medical campuses.
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 (Pt. 1 & 2)
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.