Digital Crime Busting
Law And Society Week Examines High-Tech Crimes And Cutting-Edge Investigations

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 25 2013—The role of 21st century technology in solving crimes and capturing lawbreakers will be explored at the14th Annual Law and Society Week hosted by the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at Community College of Philadelphia.

All of the events are free and open to the public. On Feb. 28, Dr. Richard Frei, associate professor of Behavioral Sciences at the College, will release findings from his poll on sexting in Philadelphia. Frei is best known for The Snitching Project, which explores the cultural taboo associated with reporting on criminal activities.

Frei and his students recently completed a citywide survey on sexting, which is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs between mobile phones. The activity has become so prevalent among teens that last year, Pennsylvania passed a law making underage sexting a second-degree misdemeanor. Previously, such an offense was considered a felony with significantly tougher penalties, says Frei.

Frei’s students surveyed roughly 1,000 people-half of them under 18-asking their reaction to the new law and whether or not they had ever engaged in sexting. The findings will be presented on Thursday starting at 11:10 a.m. in The Great Hall, located in the Winnet Student Life Building on 17th Street, South of Spring Garden Street.

Some of the events are approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board (PCLE) and qualify for substantive hours of continuing legal education credits. For information regarding CLE credits, contact Angelica Aguirre at aaguirre@ccp.edu.

A complete schedule of events is available at: http://path.ccp.edu/site/law_center/law_week.php

Some Law and Society Week highlights:


Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Reporters’ Panel Discussion
11:10 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall, Winnet Student Life Building, on 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street. Veteran news reporters discuss some of their more interesting and exciting experiences while covering breaking crime stories in the Philadelphia region. Panelists include Michelle Durham, KYW News Radio, Rosemary Connors, NBC10 News; Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News; and Walt Hunter, CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Moderator: William Colarulo, Police Superintendant, Radnor Township Police Department and adjunct instructor, Justice .

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kensington Strangler: Investigation and Arrest
9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall, Winnet Student Life Building, on 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street. Members of the Special Victims Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department will discuss the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of Kensington Strangler Antonio Rodriguez, who is serving three consecutive life sentences for the sexual assault and strangulation of three women in the Kensington section of the city in 2010.  Moderator: Thomas Quinn, assistant professor, Justice

Voices Against Violence
1:50 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Mint Building Rotunda, 1700 Spring Garden St.
Students use their rhetorical skills to speak out against violence. Moderator: Mary Conway, PhD, associate professor, English. Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies/Gender Studies Curriculum

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sexting: Risky Sexual Behavior?
11:10 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall, Winnet Student Life Building, on 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street. Dr. Richard Frei and his students present the results from a recent city-wide survey on people’s sexting behaviors and their attitudes about sexting laws.
Co-sponsored by the Psychology, Education and Human Services Department

The Judges’ Panel
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Room S2-19, Great Hall, Winnet Student Life Building, on 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street. Distinguished judges discuss their lives in the law, achieving balance and the challenges of a legal career. Moderator: The Honorable Holly J. Ford, judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas