Proving Child Physical and Sexual Abuse


April 19, 2024:  9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This course will discuss the Multi-Disciplinary Team model as the best way to develop the evidence needed to bring these cases to court and secure a conviction.

*For non-lawyer discount, see below.


Friday, April 19, 2024

9 am – 4:30 pm


PACLE approved – 5 substantive

OH CLE pending – 5 general

WV CLE pending – 6.6 attendance


*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] 


Child physical and sexual abuse cases can be some of the most difficult cases to prove in court.  This course will discuss the Multi-Disciplinary Team model as the best way to develop the evidence needed to bring these cases to court and secure a conviction.  Each of the partners in the Multi-Disciplinary Team will be highlighted, including what they bring to the table for law enforcement and prosecutors.

For attorneys working in the criminal division, a full understanding of the mechanics of proving child abuse offenses is required knowledge.  In this course, the multi-disciplinary model of evidentiary collection and proof of child abuse offenses is reviewed. Prosecutors and victim advocates will benefit from the insights the course developer.

The course shall be a one-day event, held on Franciscan’s beautiful campus. A continental breakfast & light lunch will be provided.  A summary of the Less Lethal Options in Use of Force course coverage includes:

  • Fundamental Difficulties with Child Abuse Cases and the MDT Model
  • Child Physical Abuse Cases – Much Easier to Prove
  • Child Sexual Abuse Cases – MUCH Harder to Prove


Presenter: Lieutenant Paul Boyles III

Paul Boyles has been employed by the Lexington Police Department since February of 2006.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February of 2014, and to the rank of Lieutenant in September of 2016.  He has held supervisory positions in Patrol as a Field Training Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, and in Investigations as a supervisor of the Crimes Against Children Unit.  In May of 2018 he was appointed to a position in the Public Integrity Unit (Internal Affairs), where he served as an Investigator, Inspector, and Court Liaison.  He has also assisted the Traffic Section with the coordination and supervision of a variety of traffic details, including two Presidential and one Vice-Presidential motorcades, as well as the planning and supervision of other large-scale events.  From May of 2020 through August of 2022, Lieutenant Boyles served as the lieutenant in the Bureau of Investigations, Personal Crimes Section supervising the Robbery, Homicide, and Violent Crimes Units.  He has since returned to duty as a Patrol Lieutenant, bringing his experience back to serve a new generation of officers.

Prior to joining the Lexington Police Department, Lieutenant Boyles attended the University of Kentucky and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with a focus on ethical theory.  He earned his Master’s Degree and completed his coursework toward a Ph.D. before joining the department.  He has since resumed his studies at the University of Kentucky.  Lieutenant Boyles has developed and taught a variety of courses in philosophy, police ethics, and, investigations at the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  Since 2016 he has assisted the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas as an instructor for their Ethics Train-the-Trainer course.

Lieutenant Boyles also heads the Lexington Police Department Police Ethics program.  He teaches ethics courses for In-Service Training, Recruit Training, as well as ethics blocks of instruction for various specialized programs within the department.  Lieutenant Boyles is also an instructor for Kentucky Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training course, a program for helping officers assist those suffering crisis due to mental illnesses.



Time Schedule

9am to 9:45am:             Introductions, Fundamental Difficulties, and the MDT Model

9:45am to 10:30am:      Physical Abuse Cases, Review of Applicable Laws, MDT Overview

10:30am to 10:45am:    Break

10:45am to 11:15am:    The Pediatric MDT and Emergency Room Evidence

11:15am to Noon:        Interviewing Suspects and Witnesses

Noon to 1pm:              Lunch

1pm to 1:30pm:            Review of Applicable Laws

1:30pm to 2:30pm:       Recognizing Child Sexual Abuse

2:30pm to 2:45pm:       Break

2:45pm to 3:15pm:       Pediatric Sexual Abuse Teams

3:15pm to 3:30pm:       Ongoing and Family Services and Their Dual Purpose

3:30pm to 4pm:            Wrap-Up and Questions



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.