Investigative Legal

Overcoming Challenges in Child Abuse Cases with Corroboration


Room 203 July 24, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Brenda Sund
Detective Jeff Schoeberl

Child Abuse cases carry unique challenges for investigation and prosecution. This presentation will identify those challenges and provide techniques for overcoming them with corroborative evidence. Specific areas of study will include child forensic interviews and multidisciplinary method of investigation to develop multiple sources of persuasive, corroborative evidence. Using real case examples, this session explores how a multidisciplinary approach can result in significant opportunities to corroborate a child’s account or experience, leading to successful prosecution. Some of the details of this course may be sensitive.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to identify at least 5 areas within the child forensic interview in which they can seek corroboration, including: child development and language, medical evidence, documentation of crime scene, physical evidence and relationship evidence.
2. Students will develop an understanding of how corroborative evidence affects decision-making throughout the multi-disciplinary process case presentation.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced