Player's Health 

Investigative Services


Each investigation into an alleged incident of child abuse must be unique and individualized to the client, depending on several issues including the type of alleged abuse, who the alleged offender is, the alleged offender’s role in the Organization, the alleged offender’s age, the size and scale of the incident, and cooperation and willingness of members to participate. Below is a summary of services to be included in an investigation. The goal of every investigation is to help ensure the safety of all members, to hold responsible parties accountable, and to help make sure it never happens again.

1.Phone call to initiate services —The following decisions can be made either on a conference call or via an in-person meeting with the board of directors (BOD) and other relevant individuals. 
a.Gather details around the alleged incident
b.Determine if a report to police or social services (mandatory reporting guidelines) needs to be made at this time
c.Determine whether or not the offense qualifies against organization’s guidelines of abuse and report needs to be made
d.Determine the alleged offender’s location and whether athletes are safe at this time
e.Decide who needs to be on the call or involved in the decision making going forward
f.Designate a decision maker within the Organization
g.Decide whether or not the alleged offender need to be removed, suspended, or fire
h.Determine which decisions need to be made immediately with regard to travel plans, practices, and games
i.Find a substitute for the alleged offender
j.Decide what will be communicated to membership and media
k.Designate a point person to speak on behalf of the Organization
l.Decide when and how an internal investigation begins and what it looks like
m.Engage organization attorney partner and/or organization designated contact if needed

2. Begin an internal investigation — This can occur once all members are safe and the alleged offender no longer has access to any minors. Privacy will be respected at all times as we take the following actions. 

a.Work alongside law enforcement: cooperate, share information, avoid interference
b.Determine who, what, where, and when
c.Interview individuals involved, alleged victim(s), witnesses, families, staff, and others
d.Gain access to pertinent documents, cell phone data, social media, internal communications, BOD minutes, emails, bylaws, and polices
e.Keep members in the loop as much as possible
f.Make decisions with potential victims in mind
g.Keep the Organization up and running
h.Support the membership, staff, and others regarding their feelings around the incident
i.Document the investigation, recording interviews if possible
j.Gather any video or physical evidence
k.If possible, tour the location where the alleged incident occurred, and observe events
l.Interview the alleged offender last 


3. Analysis and findings —Our investigation will achieve the following outcomes. 
a.Determine what is most likely to have occurred
b.Provide findings/report to law enforcement
c.Provide a post-incident report, if appropriate, with recommendations to the BOD
d.Determine the best way to communicate findings to members, being transparent as much as confidentiality allows
e.Develop a plan for media relations
f.Determine the needs of members at this time, including professional support, information, etc. 

4. Recommendations — Post Incident Report- Depending on the investigative findings, we might recommend all or some of the action items listed below. 

a.Address systemic issues discovered in the investigation
b.Make changes to BOD, staff, management, or organizational structure
c.Update or create an abuse-prevention program for the Organization (either SafeSport or another well supported, nationally recognized program)
d.Assign an individual to be responsible for the abuse-prevention program’s implementation, enforcement, education, and supervision
e.Make changes to policies and procedures, bylaws, or other organizational documents
f.Make staff changes due to failures of oversight
g.Obtain professional assistance to help the Organization move forward
h.If applicable, create a relationship with the national governing body (NGB) for support, guidance, and structure around abuse prevention.

Our investigations will seek to provide complete organizational understanding with regard to what has occurred, along with recommendations for appropriate actions to  help ensure both that such an incident does not reoccur and that members are confident that organizational leaders are fully committed to their children’s safety and will respond appropriately to any further concerns.

Player’s Health Investigations will examine and deduce the gravity of the report. PH will then either close (Tier 1) the case or investigate (Tier 2). Player’s Health employs some of the very best and highly respected investigators in the country. The investigators will be responsible for all of the collection and investigation into these reports. After the investigation is complete the investigators will follow the standards set forth by local and federal laws. 

Investigation Team: 

Scott Anthony Gray - Lead Investigator 
• Licensed Private Investigator – State of Minnesota, License No. 712 Licensed Private Investigator- State of Wisconsin License No. 17191 Safe Sport Investigator – USA Hockey
• Investigator- District 4 Ethics Committee, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility Metro Legal Services, Inc, President and Owner
• Gray Investigative Group LLC, President
• SafeSport, Code of Conduct/Ethics, and Abuse investigations in sports, schools, employment, private and government institutions. Educational Seminars. Consulting in building abuse prevention programs. Serving as an organization’s SafeSport Coordinator.
• SafeSport and Code of Conduct/Ethics Investigations completed for: USA Hockey, USA Curling, USA Triathlon, USA Basketball, USA Shooting, US Tennis Association-Northern, USA Karate, USA Weightlifting, USA Rugby, USA Powerlifting, National Strength and Conditioning Association; North American Hockey League (NA, and NA3), National Collegiate Hockey Association, Bryan Cave Law Firm (representing 12 USOC NGB’s); Tom James, Esq. (representing 8 USOC NGB’s); US Soccer Federation; United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)

Michelle M. Peterson 
• Expert in Prevention of Child Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations Expert in Child Abuse Investigations
• Forensic Interviewing Expert and Contract Forensic Interviewer Professional Trainer and Speaker
• Michelle M. Peterson Consulting, President and Owner
• Colorado Amateur Hockey Association, SafeSport Coordinator & Board Member
• Author of SB13-012: Adding Private Club Coaches to Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting List, signed into law March 2013.
• Has conducted over 4,000 and peer-reviewed and/or evaluated hundreds of child forensic interviews
• Testifies and provides depositions on a regular basis as a child abuse expert for civil and criminal cases
• Victim Advocacy Award, Boulder County, Colorado, April 2004 and April 2007.

Michael Kozak 
Mr. Kozak is a 21-year law enforcement veteran, a retired Lieutenant from the Rochester, New York Police Department, and a retired founding officer of the Rochester Chapter of FBI InfraGard. He is the current Risk Management Coordinator for New York State West Youth Soccer Association, and a part-time senior investigator for McCabe International, a duly licensed NYS private investigation firm. He previously served as a coordinator for digital forensics expert testimony for international computer expert John L. Lucich at EForensix, LLC.

He retired in 2006 as the Chief Information Officer for the Rochester Police Department overseeing public safety technology implementations involving encrypted wireless mobile data computing platforms, evidence quality automated field-reporting systems, outdoor gunshot detection systems, and United States Department of Justice standardized records management and criminal records databases.

Mr. Kozak helped integrate military OPSEC principles with police network operations and security policies. His team of network professionals and business partners implemented the first proactive intrusion detection perimeter for a police network operations center in the nation. Since that time, other municipalities have followed the RPD model in securing their network operations centers. Mr. Kozak is an OPSEC practitioner specializing in network security policy, computer forensics, secure remote mobile computing, security and surveillance, wireless encryption standards, records retention and management, information assurance, and ethics in information technology operations. He has served as a subject matter expert for the National Institute of Justice Communications Technology Division as well as for the United States Department of Justice on records management issues.


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