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FBI Agent to speak at URI about crimes against children on Friday, April 30

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 22, 2004 -- The final speaker of the University of Rhode Islandís Forensic Science Seminar Series will be Supervisory Special Agent Kathleen Canning of the FBI.

Her presentation, entitled, "Behavioral Dynamics of Child Sex Offenses: Offender Typologies, Child Victimology, and Child Pornography," will take place on Friday, April 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since 1999, Canning has worked at the FBIís National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Quantico, Va. As part of the centerís Behavioral Analysis Unit- III, she exclusively works on crimes against children, specifically abduction, homicide, and sexual exploitation.

Prior to her working at the center, she was a field agent in the Philadelphia Field Division as well as in the Montgomery, Ala. Resident Agency. During her time as a field agent, she was also a crimes against children coordinator and a member of the Evidence Response Team.

She is involved with two ongoing research projects: studying false allegations of child abduction as well as one on the online sexual victimization of children. Canning is also coordinating an International Symposium on the Online Sexual Victimization of Children to be held in June 2004.

A graduate of Roger Williams University, she earned a bachelorís degree in criminal justice. Presently, she is involved in an online master in criminal justice program through Boston University.

A resident of Fredericksburg, Va., she is married with two children.
The Forensic Science lecture series is a semester long program offered by the University of Rhode Islandís Forensic Science Partnership.