Legal Issues in Sex Assault Investigations


February 28, 2024:  5 pm – 9:15 pm

For attorneys and counsel working in the criminal division, a full understanding of the mechanics of sexual offense investigations is baseline knowledge. This 4 hour seminar will cover various aspects of the investigation.

*For non-lawyer discount, see below.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024


   PACLE approved: 4 substantive

   WV CLE approved: 4.8 attendance

   Ohio CLE pending: 4 general


*For Non-Lawyers: use coupon code “CourseOnly” for $50 off – if you want to attend the course and do not need the CLE credit.

*For Student rate, please email: [email protected] 


Legal Issues in Sex Assault Investigations will cover various aspects of the investigation such as, victim, witness, and offender interviews. There will be an in-depth look at forensics and forensic related issues, as forensics play an integral part of many sex assault prosecutions. This will include DNA as well as fingerprint, trace, and other physical evidence. Special issues such as drug facilitated sexual assault and false allegations/confessions will be covered. In addition, legal issues specifically related to the courtroom will be explored and such as those pertaining to evidence, the offender, and the victim. The Ben Roethlisberger allegation of sexual assault in Midgeville, GA will be explored in its entirety including investigatory errors and legal issues surrounding the decision not to prosecute. Likewise, an examination of the allegations against the Duke Men’s Lacrosse team combined with the political turmoil with former DA Nifong will be completed. This will include the investigation, the victim, and her statements as well as the political topics.

For attorneys and counsel working in the criminal division, a full understanding of the mechanics of sexual offense investigations is baseline knowledge.  In the investigative realm, the justice system evaluates the evidentiary basis for the crimes alleged.  In this course, the elements of sexual offenses are scrutinized and assessed in light of the proof requirements. Prosecutors, defense counsel and victim advocates will benefit from the insights and pedigree of the course developer- a professional with significant experience in the world of sexual assault investigations.

The course shall be an evening event, held on Franciscan’s beautiful campus and will include a light dinner.


Presenter:  Brian Kohlhepp

Deputy Chief Kohlhepp is a professional in the criminal justice field who is an active practitioner in police leadership.  He was previously the supervisor of the Detective Division conducting investigations specializing in suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, child abuse, and crime scene/forensic evidence.  He is well-known for his teaching at the police academy, universities, and continuing education seminars for police, investigators, and attorneys, as well as numerous lectures to various organizations and conferences.  He has testified as an expert in Forensic Crime Scene Reconstruction in state court.  Deputy Chief Kohlhepp was the lead investigator in a multi-jurisdictional investigation of a violent serial rapist that gained national media attention and led to an arrest and conviction.  In addition, he has worked multiple cases with the FBI and was detailed to the Pittsburgh Police Homicide Unit for a homicide of an armored truck employee and a robbery of 2.3 million dollars.  This included a national manhunt that gained significant media attention and was featured on America’s Most Wanted.  This resulted in an arrest in Florida and a first-degree homicide conviction.



Time Schedule

5:00 – 6:00       Investigations

6:00 – 7:00       Forensics

7:00 – 7:15       Break

7:15 – 7:35       Special Issues

7:35 – 8:00       Legal Issues in the Courtroom

8:00 – 9:15       Case Studies

9:15 – 9:30       Questions and Evaluation


Check Payment Policy:

If you prefer to pay by check, a $40 deposit or full payment is required to be sent in before a seat is reserved.

Cancellation Fee:

Due to the costs associated with our course offerings, the Center has implemented a 25% cancellation fee. Those costs relate to food and beverages purchased in advance and the fees we need pay to outside presenters.  Cancellation fees will apply to those that do not show up for the course or those who cancel ahead of its offering. The Center appreciates your understanding.


*All courses are approved for continuing legal education by state authorizing bodies and are not courses for academic credit.