Friday, April 19, 2019

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Suffer from BURNOUT? Give 'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
Mark Yarbrough

Mark YarbroughBurnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.” The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health.

But there’s good news — burnout can be healed.

Former 20-year elected district attorney Mark Yarbrough of Littlefield, Texas (hometown of Waylon Jennings) personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!” He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject.

Mark is a very entertaining, motivating and inspiring speaker. He has taught thousands of people how to overcome burnout — including employees at such companies as Blue Bell Ice Cream and Xcel Energy, teachers, doctors, nurses, and a variety of government workers (including police officers, CPS workers, attorneys, victim’s rights advocates, counselors, mental health professionals, and more).

Audience members will learn the definition of "burnout" and the symptoms thereof. But more important, attendees will be laughing — and at the same time learning how to apply Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from burnout.

This is a training you won’t want to miss!

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

10A Toby Mendenhall Case Review
Detective Aaron Massey • Detective Brad Verboort • Deputy DA Christopher Lewman

The Toby Mendenhal investigation began in 2016 after one of his girlfriend’s daughters disclosed that she had been sexually abused by him. Toby was ultimately indicted for abusing three separate juvenile females. He fled the country shortly after the investigation began and was later brought back to the United States from China under escort from United States Marshals. During the investigation, it was learned that Toby has a history of deviant sexual behavior documented by multiple agencies across the United States.

10B Bites, Burns, and Bruises: Evaluating and Investigating Skin Injuries in Children
Cathleen Lang, MD

This presentation is aimed at medical providers new to the field of child abuse and at all law enforcement professionals and caseworkers who work in the field of child maltreatment.

The presentation will review:

  • Features of skin injuries that would indicate abuse versus non-abuse
  • Work-up to distinguish injuries from medical disorders
  • Elements of injuries important to investigations into the child’s environment
10C Corroborating Child Abuse: A Critical Element in Child Abuse Cases
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC

A forensic interview is not a litmus test for the veracity of a child’s report of maltreatment. Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) should work to corroborate as much of the child’s interview statement as possible — thinking beyond the direct evidence and DNA.

This session discusses the importance of corroboration, and provides practical examples of the variety of elements of a child’s statement that can be corroborated by the MDT, based on the forensic interview and statements obtained by others.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand how multidisciplinary team members can increase types and forms of evidence to support children’s interview statements.
  2. Identify techniques to employ in the forensic interview to support the MDT.
  3. Describe multiple forms and sources of corroborating evidence, and identify various techniques to collect corroborating evidence.
10E Utilizing Digital Forensics to Enhance Investigations and Prosecutions
John Gerhard, Senior Deputy DA • Mallory Beyreis, Digital Forensics Investigator • Matt Osterman, Digital Forensics Investigator

As digital devices become more ubiquitous, people’s digital lives are becoming more enmeshed with criminal investigations. This overlap is particularly apparent in child abuse and family violence investigations. However, the vast amount of data now available to investigators has also raised privacy concerns.

This presentation will help investigators and prosecutors navigate search and seizure land mines while also maximizing the use of digital evidence to move investigations forward and help create powerful trial evidence.

10G Operation Net-Nanny: A Collaborative Attack on Child Sex Trafficking
Sergeant Carlos Rodriguez

This presentation serves as a guide on how law enforcement can conduct successful online investigations.

Washington's Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF) has two detectives and no assigned administrative support. This presentation details how MECTF conducts proactive online investigations to apprehend suspects who exploit children.

Topics include team-building, initial set-up, logistics, personnel issues, site selection, UC management, investigative techniques, surveillance activities, arrests, and prosecution results. This presentation also includes examples of UC online chats, UC phone conversations, arrests, and suspect interview videos — and covers pitfalls to avoid and ways to identify areas for improvement.

10I Oregon Child Abuse Hotline: Safety, Consistency, and Customer Service (REPEAT)
Kristen Khamnohack • Julie LaChapelle

See session 1I for description.