For immediate release: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
PR #2 - 2011

Sex offenders in cyberspace
Enhancing community safety through effective monitoring and investigation of online sexual predators

More than 100 law enforcement and mental health professionals today learned strategies for effectively managing sex offenders and investigating their activities at a training sponsored by the Office of Sex Offender Management at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

As new technologies emerge, new opportunities for sexual exploitation of children arise. Hosted at the New York State Police Academy in Albany, the training featured presentations by James Tanner, Ph.D., a nationally-recognized cybercrime analyst and FBI Special Agent David C. Fallon, who specializes in investigation of online sexual predators. The training covered a variety of topics, including how offenders access explicit materials on the Internet, the methods they use to recruit prospective victims and effective conditions for sex offenders who used the Internet to commit their crimes.

Representatives from the following agencies participated in the training: Blooming Grove, Chester and Syracuse police departments; probation departments in Columbia, Nassau, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan and Tompkins counties; sheriff’s offices in Monroe, Oswego and Schoharie counties; the Oneida County Correctional Facility; the Niagara County District Attorney’s office; the New York State Attorney General’s office; the New York State Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders; the New York State Department of Correctional Services; the New York State Division of Parole; the New York State Office of Mental Health; and federal Probation and Parole.

DCJS is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; and support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state.

The Office of Sex Offender Management at DCJS maintains the state’s Sex Offender Registry and works in partnership with local law enforcement to ensure information on the registry is accurate and up-to-date.

 

Click on an image to enlarge. (Photos by Judy Sanders)

The educational materials distributed at the training.
The educational materials distributed at the training.
James Tanner, Ph.D., presents his session, "Sex Offenders in a Digital World."
James Tanner, Ph.D., presents his session, "Sex Offenders in a Digital World."
Attendees listen as Dr. Tanner makes his presentation. More than 100 professionals from across the state attended the training.
Attendees listen as Dr. Tanner makes his presentation. More than 100 professionals from across the state attended the training.
Risa S. Sugarman, director of the Office of Sex Offender Management at DCJS, gives the media an overview of the training and DCJS' mission to educate professionals on effective management strategies.
Risa S. Sugarman, director of the Office of Sex Offender Management at DCJS, gives the media an overview of the training and DCJS' mission to educate professionals on effective management strategies.
FBI Special Agent David C. Fallon discusses his experience with investigating online sexual predators.
FBI Special Agent David C. Fallon discusses his experience with investigating online sexual predators.
Schoharie County Deputy Sheriff Investigator Nelson Armlin offers his opinions on the training and how it will enhance his skills.
Schoharie County Deputy Sheriff Investigator Nelson Armlin offers his opinions on the training and how it will enhance his skills.

 

Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov