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Criminal justice lecture series to feature special victims expert November 18

ISSUED: 10 November 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice will present a virtual lecture via Zoom by Tamatha Stitt, a special victims unit investigator with the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office in New York State on Wednesday, November 18, at 1:10 p.m. Stitt will discuss successful cases she has closed and the unique role that social engineering plays in aiding special victims investigations.

In her current position, Stitt is responsible for investigating major felonies, especially homicides, and for overseeing the witness protection and management program. Stitt is a sought-after speaker for her specialized expertise in utilizing social media and social engineering to find persons and assets. Through Stitt’s skillsets, numerous high-profile cases have been brought to successful conclusions for countless victims.

Stitt’s career started as a police officer. She was selected to work undercover on prostitution and narcotics cases and continued performing undercover work for eight years. Soon after, Stitt started her own private investigation company where her forte in finding missing persons was honed. Stitt has worked with numerous agencies over the course of her career including the FBI and the United States Marshals.

The lecture will be available at For more information, contact Dr. Janay Gasparini, assistant professor of criminal justice, at

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