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After the Interview - Now the Work Begins: Corroborating Evidence and Case Review Webinar
Friday, December 1st, 2017
12:00 AM PT/1:00 AM MT/2:00 AM CT/3:00 AM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Sexual assault can be some of the most challenging cases to investigate and prosecute. Being able to paint a clear picture of what the victim actually experienced during a sexual assault will assist prosecutors when presenting these cases in court.

In the age of television shows like CSI, juries want more than just testimony: they want physical evidence. Corroborating victim testimony is crucial in order to prepare the best possible case. We now know that trauma plays a major role in the memories of victims who have experienced a traumatic event.

What we also need to know is how to corroborate sensory testimony with evidence to present to the prosecutors and the jury. This training will provide case material on corroborating evidence. We will look at crime scene photos that will show in detail what the victim disclosed and then how the evidence was gathered.

ASA Hicks will explain in detail how corroborating evidence can be the difference between simply filing a case and obtaining a guilty verdict.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the importance of a well-executed Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI).
  • Describe advanced methods of gathering corroborative sensory evidence from a victim's interview.
  • Identify ways to look beyond the plain view evidence and truly think beyond the basics.


Richard Mankewich
Sergeant, Major Case Section, Sexual Offender Surveillance Squad, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Orlando, FL

Sergeant Richard Mankewich is a 26-year veteran with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando Florida. Holding the rank of Sergeant for the past 18 years, Sergeant Mankewich has supervised a wide range of units including Uniform Road Patrol, DUI Unit, Narcotics, Drug Interdiction, Motors, Property Crimes, and Child Abuse.

Sergeant Mankewich supervised the Sex Crimes Squad for 12 years where he investigated, reviewed and oversaw over 14,000 sexually related cases. He transferred to the Sexual Offender Surveillance Squad in July 2016 where he is tasked with supervising the movements of over 2300 sexual offender predators.

Kelly Hicks Assistant State Attorney, Director of Training and Professional Development, Office of the State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit, Orange County, FL.

Kelly Hicks is an Assistant State Attorney in the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. After graduating with honors from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in New Jersey in 2002, Kelly was a staff attorney for Justice R. Fred Lewis on the Florida Supreme Court from 2002-2004. In January 2017, Kelly became the Chief of the Homicide Unit and the Director of Training for the 9th Judicial Circuit, and in August 2017, she added the title of Chief of the Intake Unit. She has tried over 60 first-chair felony trials, including 10 homicide trials.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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