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Robert J. Peters, Esq.

Robert J. Peters, J.D., is the President of SHIELD Task Force. He is also the Senior Cyber and Economic Crime Attorney with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

Robert’s efforts at NW3C include innovating the prosecution of high-tech crimes, serving as a subject matter expert on topics and trainings related to child abuse, human trafficking, and Internet-facilitated child exploitation, and acting as lead instructor for NW3C’s Judges & Prosecutors courses. With his work, Peters’ goal is to make a significant impact in the field by pioneering and exporting best practices for the law enforcement community, both nationally and internationally.

Previously, Mr. Peters served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Marion and Hampshire counties in West Virginia, as well as Special Prosecutor in multiple state-wide jurisdictions where he specialized in the prosecution of sexual offenses, civil abuse and neglect cases, child pornography, and juvenile crime. Peters started and ended his tenure in Marion County with the jury trial and conviction of sexual predators, and was one of the first state prosecutors in the United States to prosecute a Dark Web Case.

In addition to his extensive prosecutorial experience, Robert authored several child protection-related articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the Florida Journal of International Law and Christian Ethics Today. While in law school, Peters clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia.

Mr. Peters served on the faculty of the 34th International Symposium on Child Abuse, where he developed and co-presented training involving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse perpetrated in the context of faith communities. Prior to serving as prosecutor, Robert designed comprehensive child protection policies for numerous entities including educational institutions, churches, and non-profit organizations.