Seminars in Law Enforcement

Understanding and Interviewing Child Molesters

In this one-day class, you'll focus on understanding the psychology of the many different types of child molester. This class is geared toward law enforcement officers, prosecutors and employees of social services and child protection agencies.

Topics include understanding:

  • The mind of the offender
  • How child molesters think
  • How child molesters select, groom and eventually molest children
  • The difference between molesters that groom and those that abduct or use force
  • How molesters distort and justify their own actions
  • Which interview themes work better for each type of molester

Captain William Carson has more than 30 years of experience as a police officer in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He has served 16 years in criminal investigation units as a detective, a supervisor and eventually a commander. He has experience in juvenile, sex crime, homicide and undercover narcotic and vice investigations. He has received several hundred hours of specialized training related to investigation of sex crimes.

Carson has a master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As part of two separate research projects, Carson conducted interviews with incarcerated sex offenders over a three-year period, from 2003 to 2005, at seven different prisons. One unique series of interviews was with 18 women who had been convicted of molesting children.

Carson is currently a commander with the Maryland Heights, Mo., police department and serves as a deputy commander with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. He has investigated and commanded homicide investigations for the Major Case Squad in St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. He sits on the Missouri Child Fatality Review Program State Panel and is an active member of the International Homicide Investigators Association.

Carson has written several articles and has taught police officers, prosecutors and social service workers about understanding and interviewing sex offenders. He has consulted with schools, churches and youth organizations to offer insight on ways to better protect children from sex offenders.

Continuing education credit

Participants will receive eight hours in the areas of Legal Studies (2), Technical Studies (2) and Interpersonal Perspectives (4).

Registration fee


Early registration is advised.

This program is not covered by Training/Continuing Education Account Agreement but can be paid for from this fund if monies are available.

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Telephone 573-882-6021 or 800-825-6505
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