A Multidisciplinary Approach to Holding Serial Sexual Offenders Accountable

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 13, 2023

Jaclyn Rodriguez
Jaclyn Rodriguez, BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P,SANE
Coordinator, Violence Prevention and Crime Victim Services Division
cordelia coppleson
Cordelia Coppleson, JD
Assistant Attorney General, Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Training Coordinator, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Bryan Barlow
Bryan Barlow, MBA, CFI
Detective, Chicago Police Department Training Coordinator

One peculiar trait of sexual offenders is that their crimes are often serial in nature. Research into serial sexual offenders shows that each one often commits about six sexual assaults. Though these offenders are not often prosecuted as serial offenders due to the underreported nature of sexual offenses, when brought to trial, these cases provide a fascinating story intertwining the work of forensic practitioners, police detectives and prosecuting attorneys. Presented by a highly experienced panel including a forensic nurse, a police detective and a prosecutor, this session will focus on a case study involving a serial sexual offender, and details the involvement of multiple disciplines in investigating, building, and prosecuting the case. The presenters will also discuss how these different disciplines work together to prosecute sexually violent predators. This session is designed to be interactive, so please bring all the questions you have about investigations and prosecutions.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the process of a sexual assault investigation and prosecution of a serial offender.
  • Examine how practitioners of various disciplines involved in an investigation work together and sometimes are at odds.
  • Evaluate tools available and obstacles faced by forensic practitioners, detectives, and prosecutors during the criminal justice process.
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