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Seminar Title:  
Investigating and Tracking Cyber Predators and Online Child Abuse Material

DATES:  6/12/2023 through 6/13/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  2 West Training Rooms (North Jail Complex) - 2110 "O" Street, Greeley, CO  80631

HOTEL:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Greeley - Greeley, CO  970-330-1706
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Melissa comes with almost 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field, either working, researching, developing, or delivering education and training. Her employment history includes a paralegal in criminal law, a booking, and intake officer cross-trained in forensic crime scene investigation, and a former criminal justice and criminology professor for almost 15 years. In 2000, Melissa assisted in training and educating the FBI's Evidence Response Team in crime scene collection of human remains and time since death at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, the Body Farm. Her experience also includes developing and delivering mass fatalities and counter-terrorism education content at the Department of Homeland Security training division and the College of Forensic Psychology on expert witness courtroom testimony regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

Melissa researched, developed, and taught many criminal justice and behavior courses as a college professor and developed a SACS accredited "military accepted" college degree program for an online associate degree in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. With a continued passion for understanding the criminal mind ,Melissa developed and presented training content for the International IP Crime Investigator's College (IIPCIC), a UL and INTERPOL initiative on the topics "The  Future of the Criminal Mind: Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web," and "Illicit  Activity in the Free Trade Zones." Melissa participated in expert panel discussions on cybercrime and criminal behavior.

In continuing her work, she DeVille and Associates, a forensic consulting and interagency training firm. She has been consulting and training focusing on illicit topics such as cryptocurrency and dark web, cyber forensic psychology, cognitive and dark psychology, cybersex predators, sexual deviance, and human trafficking. She has also been developing content and training online social media moderators on combating violence and predator behavior on social media and gaming platforms, as well as gathering cyber data on sex trafficking cases.

Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation topic is "A Case Study of Ineffective Legislation: Moral Panic and the Sex Offender Registry." Melissa also holds a master's degree in Safety Management with an additional emphasis in Criminology and a bachelorette degree in Criminology with a minor in abnormal psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Lastly, Melissa holds many recognitions, Psi Chi National Honorary Society (Ph.D. level),Alpha Chi National Honor Society (Ph.D. level), recognition of research on "Violence Against Women in the South," nomination for a distinguished faculty member for five consecutive years, and a letter of commendation for dedicated work that resulted in the capture and expedition of a repeat sex offender.  



Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Course Overview:


The cyber predator never sleepsand is constantly advancing with technology. Internet crimes against children are among the most under-reported and rapidly growing types of crimes.

This is an intense course that provides practical knowledge and skills to investigate and successfully prosecute cyber predators and child abuse material crimes. This course is packed with case studies and examples. This is a hands-on course, and it is recommended that participants bring a PC-based laptop, although it is notmandatory.  (2-day event)

Upon Completion:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and define the basic termsrelated to investigating child abuse materials and crimes, including cyber predators.

  2. Understand and explain IP addresses.

    1. Including dark web and virtual private networks (VPNs)

  3. Understand the dark web and how it is connected to child abuse materials.

  4. Learn about statistics and how child abuse materials are connected to other crimes, including organized crime.

  5. Describe the links between social networking sites and the acceleration of child abuse material.

    1. Telegram, Omegle, and more. 

    2. Chat investigations.

  6. Understand how predators locate and groom children.

  7. Learn how Covid-19 increased the spread of online child abuse and child abuse materials.

  8. Understand the role of sextortion and online gaming platforms.

  9. Examine the market for child abuse materials.

  10. Employ specific techniques and evolving tactics for successful cyber investigations.

  11. Learn how to intercept child abuse material digital evidence.

    1. Identify and confirm child abuse materials online.

    2. Learn the importance of securing metadata when intercepting evidence.

  12. Search and seizure protocols for child abuse materials.

    1. Seizing both electronic and physical evidence.

  13. Investigate both the cyber crime sceneand the physical crime scene in increase prosecution.

  14. Understand the challenges created by cell phones and sexting.

  15. How to conduct peer-to-peer (P2P) investigations.

    1. Proactive chat investigations.

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