Public Hearing - February 15, 2012


February 8, 2012


Pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 8:15 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Federal Judicial Center, Classrooms A, B, and C, on the concourse level of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, DC.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding the issue of penalties for child pornography offenses in federal sentencing.


8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks   (8:15 a.m.)

Panel I    Presentation: Child Pornography Offender Use of Technology   (8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

James Fottrell
Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division
United States Department of Justice
District of Columbia

Gerald R. Grant
Digital Forensics Investigator
Office of the Federal Public Defender
Western District of New York

Brian Levine, Ph.D.
Professor, Department  of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts

Panel II    Presentation: Child Pornography Offending – Pathways, Community, Treatment   (10:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.)

Gene G. Abel, M.D.
Medical Dir., Behavioral Medicine Institute
Founder and President, Abel Screening, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

Jennifer A. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Assistant Dir. & Coordinator, Sex Offender Treatment Program
N.Y. Ctr. for Neuropsychology & Forensic Behavioral Science
Brooklyn, New York

Panel III    Presentation: Possible Relationship Between Sexually Dangerous Behavior and Child Pornography   (11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Michael C. Seto, Ph.D.
Dir. of Forensic Rehab. Research, Integrated Forensic Program
Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
Brockville, Ontario

Richard Wollert, Ph.D.
Vancouver, Washington


Panel IV    Law Enforcement Perspective   (1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Janis Wolak
Senior Researcher
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Durham,  New Hampshire

Steven DeBrota
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Department of Justice
Southern District of Indiana

Captain Kirk Marlowe
Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation
High Tech Crimes Division
NOVA-DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Richmond, Virginia

Panel V    Victim Perspective   (2:55 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.)

Michelle Collins
Director, Exploited Child Unit
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Alexandria, Virginia

Sharon Cooper, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Susan Howley
Chair, Victims Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission
District of Columbia

Panel VI    Policy Perspectives from the Courts, the Executive, and the Defense Bar   (4:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Honorable Casey Rodgers
Chief Judge
Northern District of Florida

Francey Hakes
Nat’l Coordinator Child Exploitation Prevention & Interdiction
United States Department of Justice
District of Columbia

Deirdre von Dornum
Assistant Federal Defender
Federal Defenders of New York
Southern & Eastern District of New York

Adjourn    (5:30 p.m.)

Additional Submissions for the Record

Letter from U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley and U.S. Representatives Lamar Smith and F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
United States Congress
District of Columbia

Letter from David Debold and Eric A. Tirschwell
Practitioners Advisory Group
District of Columbia

Letter from Michael L. Bourke, Ph.D.
Co-Author of the "The 'Butner Study' Redux: A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography Offenders"