Attorney General Partners with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas to host Crimes Against Children Training
September 28, 2015
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today offered opening remarks to the Technologically Facilitated Crimes Against Children Training at Camp Robinson. More than 60 law enforcement, child advocacy service providers and representatives of child serving organizations attended the event, which was a partnership between the Attorney General’s Office and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.
“I am proud to have partnered with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas to host this important training,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Technology is rapidly advancing and changing daily, exposing our children to increased dangers. It is critically important to have statewide collaboration to combat these crimes that don’t know geographic, age, race or economic boundaries. I want to extend a special thank you to Sgt. Steven Del Negro for leading today’s sessions and for sharing his specialized expertise and investigative experience with Arkansas.”
Sgt. Del Negro is a 29-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police, and for the last 12 years of his career, he was assigned to the Digital Evidence Media Section/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Sgt. Del Negro was commander for the ICAC Task Force in Massachusetts, in which he provided training to law enforcement, coordinated and conducted investigations, provided public awareness presentations and was the state contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. As a state police detective for 16 years, he investigated homicides, unattended deaths, rapes, child abuse, child sexual assaults and other major crimes.
This training provided an overview of the various types of technology used for sexual exploitation and to facilitate crimes against children. Discussion focused on the offenders’ use of technology and challenges new technology creates and how they impact victims.