J. Robert Flores
Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families
J. Robert Flores is Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Prior to his arrival at the Law Center, he served as Acting Deputy Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Mr. Flores was a federal prosecutor with the section for nearly eight years. Prior to his going to the Justice Department he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. In that capacity he successfully prosecuted several highly publicized child sexual abuse cases, including a major child prostitution network and a millionaire philanthropist who operated a non-profit organization through which he seduced and sexually abused children.
Bob has prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases in his career. He lectures and teaches regularly at conferences and seminars throughout the United States on criminal procedure, criminal and constitutional law, investigative procedures and computer crime, and has supervised several national investigative programs conducted by the United States Customs Service, United States Postal Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These projects include the Customs Service's "Operation Long Arm", which targeted individuals in the United States who were importing child pornography from a foreign based bulletin Board Service and "Innocent Images," the FBI's recent effort to address child pornography distribution through America Online, a national Internet service provider. These efforts, by virtue of their innovation and novelty, will make new law in the area of child sexual exploitation and computer crime. Bob has also prosecuted the first federal computer child pornography case, to go to trial, in the matter of U.S. vs. Kimbrough. He successfully argued the appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the case is now binding precedent for the Circuit.
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