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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Sheriff's Office hosts 19th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 17-20 (Photo) - 04/16/18

James Ian McGlothlin, 41, of Portland, was sentenced today to 28 years in federal prison followed by a life term of supervised release for the production of child pornography involving two very young children.

McGlothlin’s federal sentence will run concurrently with a sentence imposed in Clackamas County Circuit Court on March 2, 2018. McGlothlin was sentenced in Clackamas County to 225 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse stemming from his work with disabled children as an instructional assistant for the Oregon City School District.

As detailed in today's press release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice ( ), "Investigators first learned of McGlothlin’s actions while investigating an online bulletin board service used to advertise and distribute child pornography. On February 16, 2016, federal agents and members of the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) executed a search warrant at McGlothlin’s residence, where they seized computer equipment, phones, and other digital devices. Forensic examinations of the seized computers revealed thousands of files containing child pornography, including videos and images McGlothlin created himself. One of the victims was an infant. Another was a very young child. Investigators found evidence that McGlothlin sexually abused a number of disabled children he worked with as an instructional assistant in Oregon City. Investigators also found documents McGlothlin wrote which describe, in graphic detail, how he planned to, rehearsed, and sexually abused children."

The McGlothlin case is one of many that will be studied at the 2018 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit -- which starts Tuesday, April 17 and ends Friday, April 20 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon.


The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

Last year, over 800 attendees, instructors and volunteers gathered from across the United States and around the world for the Summit.


Keynote speakers at this year's Summit include:

Matthew Sandusky -- In his Tuesday keynote "Undaunted," Sandusky will share his personal and powerful story of overcoming sexual abuse as a child. His presentation will empower the audience with knowledge about the grooming process -- and the telltale signs that can help identify abusers and those being abused. Sandusky is founder and executive director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse from ages 8-17 at the hands of his adopted father, Jerry Sandusky. He is working to turn his traumatic personal experience into a mechanism to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.

Gael B. Strack, Esq. -- In her Wednesday keynote "The History and Need for Strangulation Training," Strack will provide a national overview of our current understanding of non-fatal strangulation assaults. Police and prosecutors have only recently learned what survivors of non-fatal strangulation have known for years: Many domestic violence offenders and rapists do not strangle their partners to kill them; they strangle them to let them know they can kill them -- any time they wish.

Christopher F. Wilson, PhD. -- In his Thursday keynote "The Neurobiology of Trauma," Wilson will reveal how the brain responds to traumatic threats and high stress. Whether it’s understanding one’s own behavior in a high-stress or traumatic scenario, such as a shooting, or understanding the behavior of victims of crime, it all starts with understanding the brain.

Detective Kevin McNeil -- In his Friday keynote "Summoned: Why This Is More Than Just a Job!," McNeil will talk about the higher calling that is a career spent combatting abuse -- as well as the importance of providing a friendly, supportive environment for victims to talk about their abuse.

On Thursday morning, the Summit will present "Champions for Children" awards to Kelli Russell, Operations Manager at Safety Compass, and members of the Washington State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

And on Wednesday night, the Summit will once again feature an exclusive concert for attendees featuring rising country star Jackson Michelson.

Photos of Michelson and the keynote speakers are attached.


To set up interviews with professionals and speakers at the Child Abuse Summit, contact Communications Specialist Kim Lippert at">


The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The Summit is presented with the generous support of sponsors including the Oregon Children's Justice Act Task Force, the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, SEARCH, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation, the Oregon Dept. of Justice, the Clackamas County Multidisciplinary Team, the National Criminal Justice Training Center, Franz, and Bob's Red Mill.

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