Szenario 2


A 'Copper' (Police officer) in the Consulting Room? Bridging the Gaps between Therapy, Prevention and Justice
Chairperson: Rachel Thomas


Bellavista 5

Single Paper Session

Interviewing and Diagnosis
Chairperson: Brendan O'Mahony



Plenary 5

Online child exploitation – a global problem with a local solution

Michael Moran will talk about how child sexual abuse has been changed by ICT, the changing face of online grooming, the proliferation of Child Sexual Abuse Material, the solutions evolving, the rise of the child sexual abuse victim identification discipline within policing, other successful strategies, how therapists can help.

Michael Moran, Assistant Director

Michael Moran is a member of An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police force.  He is currently on secondment at INTERPOL where he holds the position of Assistant Director of the Vulnerable Communities sub-directorate.  The VCO team has responsibility for Crimes against Children, Trafficking in Human Beings and people Smuggling networks. Before coming to INTERPOL he was an investigator in a frontline role, serious national crime team and finally in the computer crime investigation team.  He started to work online in child exploitation in 1997 and investigated and prosecuted many cases.

Michael Moran holds an MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime and is a lecturer at CCI in University College Dublin (UCD). He is a member of the WeProtect Global Alliance, International Advisory Board, the InHope advisory board and he is the cybercrime advisor to the NGO CyberSafeIreland.

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Session 5

Opening the Dark Room - Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse Online

Hilde Reikrås

Operation Dark Room, Western Police District, Norway

Chief Investigator Hilde Reikrås works in the Western Police District in Bergen, Norway. While working on a case, Hilde Reikrås saw a larger network of perpetrators of child sexual abuse online. She started the project Operation Dark Room in January 2016. She is now leading an interdisciplinary team working on new methods for identifying both victims of child sexual abuse online, and perpetrators of these crimes.

Operation Dark Room became public in November 2016, and the results of the investigation have become a powerful wake up-call in Norway and many other contries in the world. By publishing information about the investigation, Operation Dark Room gave people insight into a world many did not know much about. Operation Dark Room is now the largest investigation ever of child sexual abuse in Norway.

Chief Investigator Hilde Reikrås has worked in the Norwegian police for 15 years, the last 5 years as Chief Investigator. She is specialized in homicide, violent crime against infants, child deaths and child sexual abouse. She has received honors in Norway to have started Operation Dark Room, and for putting child sexual abuse on the agenda.

See also: Newspaper articles in English, German

Chair: Dr. Jan Gysi, president of the organizing committee