Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces i-Jam Conference to be Held in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that his Office, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, is hosting a conference in Lexington on October 16th called i-Jam (Internet Jam).  October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and Kentucky Safe Schools Week.  Although registration for the conference is now full after more than 400 law enforcement officials, educators, parents and youth signed up to attend to learn about online safety, the media is invited to attend.

Speakers at the conference include: Shelley Riling, the aunt of a 13-year-old Connecticut girl who was killed by a 25-year-old online predator; Miss Teen USA 2005, Samantha Hahn, who was a victim of cyber bullying will tell her story; and Del Harvey, sting Coordinator with Perverted Justice will also be speaking about the work Perverted Justice has done to expose Internet Predators including her work with Dateline MSNBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series.

Conference attendees will also participate in several sessions that focus on various areas of Internet safety including how to stay safe when involved in online social networking and while surfing the Internet.  Protecting oneself from identity theft online is another area of focus as is safeguarding against online predators. Throughout the day, technology students will be onsite and online to demonstrate various Internet education activities including how easily personal information – such as names, addresses, birthdays and much more – can be obtained online and ways to protect this information.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Stumbo announced a child sexual predator sting that took place October 6-8 in Louisville.  Seven men, ages 23-48, were arrested after chatting online and soliciting sex from someone they thought was a 13-year-old girl.  The men then drove to a home in Louisville with the intention of having sex with that child.  Instead, the sexual predators came face to face with law enforcement.

The sexual predators assumed they had been chatting online with the child for a day or two, or in some cases, several days or weeks.  They actually had been chatting with a volunteer from watchdog group “Perverted Justice,” which was assisting law enforcement in the undercover operation.  Perverted Justice has worked with Dateline NBC in its “To Catch a Predator” series and done similar work with law enforcement agencies around the country.

The Attorney General’s Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and Office of Consumer Protection coordinated the undercover operation with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Louisville Metro Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, Kentucky State Police, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, Lexington Metro Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit, the New Albany Police Department, Floyd County, Indiana County Attorney’s Office, Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, which will be prosecuting the cases.

“The i-Jam Conference is an opportunity to raise awareness of the very real threat that the Internet can pose to our children and to teach the public proactive Internet safety measures,” said Attorney General Stumbo.  “We learned in last weekend’s sting how very real the threat is for children in Kentucky. I hope attendees will take what they learn about cyber-safety back to their families, schools and communities.  Meanwhile, my Office will continue to coordinate with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate and prosecute those caught in our sting who used the Internet to prey on our children.”

The i-Jam Conference will be held at Holiday Inn North at 1950 Newtown Pike in Lexington. The agenda for the Conference is as follows:

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION (Technology Student Demonstration/Exhibitor Booths Open)
(CLAIBORNE ROOM)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS (BLUEGRASS PAVILLION)
Kentucky Attorney General Gregory D. Stumbo and Jon Akers, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for School Safety
9:00- 9:45 a.m. SHELLEY RILING - Aunt of chatroom murder victim Christina Long
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. DEL HARVEY, Assistant Director, Co-Administrator, and Law Enforcement Liaison for Perverted-Justice.com
10:45 – Noon BREAK OUT SESSIONS
  1. Do You TXT, IM, BLOG Or CHAT? Your Kids Do! (BELMONT ROOM)
    • Karen Boyle, Lloyd Memorial High School,
    • Rosalinda Thomas, Walton Verona High School, and
    • Todd Brendel, Erlanger Police Department
  2. Responsible Surfing…Cyber Bullying, Downloading, & Other Pitfalls (PREAKNESS ROOM)
    • Amy Johns, Fayette County Public Schools
  3. To Stop A Thief…Protecting Your Identity Against Cyber Attack (DERBY ROOM)
    • James Johnson and Kevin Winstead, Office of Attorney General,
    • Jamie Seibert, Fifth Third Bank, and
    • Chris Frazier, Kentucky State Police
  4. Safeguarding Your Community Against Predators (LEXINGTON/KEENELAND ROOMS)
    • Del Harvey, Perverted Justice,
    • Denny Shaw, i-Safe America, Inc.,
    • John Heck, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Jefferson Co.
    • David James, Kentucky Bureau of Investigation,
    • Howard Logue, Kentucky State Police, and
    • Todd Leatherman and Lori Farris, Office of Attorney General
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. PRESENTATION BY SAMANTHA HAHN – National American Miss Teen 2005 (BLUEGRASS PAVILLION)
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. BREAK OUT SESSIONS
(Repeated Sessions – same as 10:45-Noon sessions)
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS (BLUEGRASS PAVILLION)

Attorney General Stumbo is also forming an i-Shield Task Force to get cyber-safety information out to the schools and communities.  The task force is composed of specially trained law enforcement officers from across the state.

There is also a new cyber-safety section on the Attorney General’s website (www.ag.ky.gov/cybersafety) that contains tips and information for both children and parents regarding online dangers such as cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying, identity theft and Internet virus and worms.