Child Safety Expert: Sexual Predators Can Appear To Be Kind

Child Safety Expert: Sexual Predators Can Appear To Be Kind (Image 1)

In the wake of recent news stories where two different teachers in the Delaware County area were charged with child sex offenses, leaders from school, community, and law enforcement organizations have asked a nationally known expert on child protection to come and speak to the public.

Jim Clemente is in the county May 12 and 13 to meet with parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement officers, and the public at large.

He is a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Profiler and former child sex crimes prosecutor in New York City. 

During his 22-year career with the FBI, he investigated a wide variety of federal crimes.

For over a decade he was an FBI Profiler investigating serial violent and sexual crimes. 

He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of child sexual victimization, sexual homicide, and child abduction.

He now teaches and gives presentations around the world and is the technical adviser for the TV shows “Criminal Minds,” “Secrets & Lies”
and “Those Who Kill.”

Clemente said this type of offender spends a great deal of time “grooming” parents, guardians, and other adults in the community by appearing to be kind, helpful, and caring. Clemente tells parents that these offenders can be found in nearly every organization where youth are involved and that spotting them can be difficult.

You would never think twice about telling your child that it’s dangerous to run in the street,” he said. “And you protect them to tell them the dangers of cars and trucks.”

Throughout his two days in the area, Clemente will meet with child welfare officials, representatives of Delaware County Sheriff’s Office as well as teachers and administrators in the Olentangy Local School District. 

“Jim Clemente understands how to spot a child predator and he can help parents learn the warning signs to help keep their kids safe,” Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin said. “I’m proud to be one of the sponsors of this important event.”

Delaware County prosecutor Carol O’Brien said law enforcement is always learning more about criminal psychology. 

“We are constantly learning on the best way to work and learn the psychology of folks that we find we have to deal with,” she said.

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