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20th Annual Markle Symposium Focuses on Investigation and Prosecution of Sex Crimes, Profiling Sex Offenders

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9/23/2011 11:12 AM

University of New Haven: Henry C. Lee, events Henry C. Lee

Sept. 21, 2011

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The 20th annual Arnold Markle Symposium will focus on “Investigation of Sexual Assault, Serial Offenders and Sexual Abuse” and will take place at the University of New Haven on Oct. 10 and 11.

The two-day symposium, named for the late State’s Attorney, is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at UNH. This year, the symposium is especially designed not only for police officers and other public safety personnel but also for nurses, doctors, attorneys, counselors and psychologists.

“There have been many advances in the investigation of sexual assault and in what we know about sexual offenders and sexual abuse,” said Henry C. Lee, chaired professor and founder of the Lee Institute. “This symposium will feature many outstanding speakers who have a lot of knowledge to share with participants.”

This year’s symposium will feature speakers on profiling sex offenders, cold cases, cybercrime and Internet crimes against children, as well as talks by a retired judge, a U.S. Marshal and prosecutors. The keynote speaker is Lee, who will make a presentation on the advances in the forensic investigation of sexual assault.

The symposium is named for Markle because of his efforts to organize affordable training programs for police. Markle believed that better training of police would lead to more successful investigations and prosecutions.

This year’s speakers include:

Lee, who created the forensic science program at UNH in 1974, has assisted in the investigations of more than 8,000 criminal cases, including the O.J. Simpson case, the review of the John F. Kennedy assassination and the death of JonBenet Ramsey. He lectures throughout the world and has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals.  He is the co-author of more than 25 textbooks, on topics such as DNA analysis, fingerprints, trace evidence, forensic anthropology, crime scene investigation and crime scene reconstruction.

Michael M. Baden, a board certified forensic pathologist and former New York City chief medical examiner.  He is the co-director of the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigation Unit. Baden was chairman of the forensic pathology panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on assassinations that investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of “Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner” and “Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers.”  He and his wife, Linda, are co-authors of “Remains Silent,” a popular forensic novel, and “Skeleton Justice.” In addition, Baden has been the subject of 10 HBO specials.

Haskell M. Pitluck, a retired circuit court judge, 19th Judicial Circuit, McHenry County, Ill. He has handled personal injury, medical malpractice, and contract and construction cases as well as served as an assistant state’s attorney for McHenry County. Pitluck is a past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is a co-author with Richard C. Froede, M.D., of the text, “The Scientific Expert in Court.” 

Denny W. King, U.S. Marshal, Middle District of Tennessee. King started his career in law enforcement in 1973, as a police officer for the city of LaFollette, Tenn.  He became a Tennessee state trooper in 1974, eventually being promoted to commissioner of safety. King served on the National Governor’s Security, executive board for several years.  President George Bush appointed King a United States Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Richard Walter, a forensic psychologist who works closely with police and consultants on current and cold cases. He was a prison psychologist with the Michigan Department of Corrections.  He is an international expert on crime assessment, profiling and risk evaluation.  Walter has consulted with various agencies and governments in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Hong Kong.  He lectures to law enforcement and academic groups on murder sub-types and signature aspects of interpersonal and workplace violence.  He is a co-founder of The Vidocq Society, comprised of 82 forensic specialists worldwide who assist local criminal justice agencies in solving cold cases.

Donna Palomba, a victim of sexual assault.  Police initially did not believe her story and she ended up suing the police department.  The case was not solved until a second woman was sexually assaulted in similar circumstances.  DNA evidence was then used by the police and laboratory. Waterbury, Conn. police were able to tie the cases together and arrest and prosecute the rapist.  In 2007, Palomba founded Jane Doe No More, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness, breaking stigmas and developing training tools to help solve sexual assault crimes. Palomba was also instrumental in the passage of a 2007 Connecticut bill removing the statute of limitations on sexual assault crimes. Palomba’s film, “Duty Trumps Doubt,” is widely used as a training video for law enforcement.  

Cristina Fernández, the CyberTipline program manager in the Exploited Children Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Fernández has handled more than 35,000 CyberTipline reports, resulting in numerous arrests of child sexual offenders. She has participated in various law enforcement investigative training programs on high technology crimes, online child exploitation, and investigative and analytical skill development. She has provided extensive technical assistance to law enforcement in the United States, as well as abroad, on cases of child sexual exploitation, especially Internet crimes against children. 

Cost of the two-day symposium is $150 or $75 for students with valid identification.  Registration is available online at or by calling the Lee Institute at 203-932-7460.

The symposium will take place in Dodds Theater on the UNH main campus in West Haven.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 82-acre main campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The university offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.