Child & Adolescent Sexual Child Abuse Investigation and Prevention Consultant
40 years of experience
Investigating and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Michael (Mike) V. Johnson, BSCJ (retired)
Michael Johnson (“Detective Mike”) is an internationally recognized expert on all aspects of child abuse and exploitation and specializes in abuse investigation, detection, and prevention efforts for organizations serving youth.
Michael Johnson was the Youth Protection Advisor/Director for the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from July 2010 to December 2020, where he advised on efforts to improve youth protection policies, training, and procedures to ensure the safest possible environment for BSA youth. Johnson is credited with acting as a change agent to strengthen BSA’s “Youth Protection” program, and he led the BSA’s efforts to provide ongoing support to survivors and a trauma-informed response to victims of abuse in the organization.
Prior to BSA, Johnson served 24 of his 28 years as the Lead Detective and Family Violence/Abuse Investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Plano, Texas Police Department. In that role, he focused exclusively on interviewing victims, interrogating perpetrators, and investigating child abuse cases, including child sexual abuse and exploitation.
An early pioneer and visionary in the field, Johnson was at the forefront of promoting the multidisciplinary team investigative approach and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement in the early 1990s. He is a founder of the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center and its multidisciplinary team.
In 2019, the American Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) recognized Detective Michael Johnson as “one of the most influential pioneers in the investigation of suspected child maltreatment”.
Detective Mike is a highly sought after expert, speaker and thought leader in the investigation and prevention of child sexual abuse. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas.
“Mike has the unique ability to not only know Best Practice as a trainer of child abuse investigations, but he’s “walked the walk” of an investigator investigating child abuse.
He delivers the message from a non-fictional vantage point and sees through the excuses sometimes offered by professionals. He reminds us that a child’s life is valuable and should be treated as such. He understands the dynamics of an investigation – the team roles, the interactions of a MDT and the way in which a team should operate – as a result of his own personal experience, knowledge, successes and failures.
He is able to offer us real solutions based on actual experiences versus some “pie in the sky” solutions that just won’t work. He challenges us to reach down deep and remember those children that deserve our best – and on their timelines, not ours. He is one of us, someone dedicated to protecting children. His presentations are applicable, on target and challenging to all professionals working with victims of child abuse.”Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director
About Our Trainings
“All my trainings are skills-based and grounded in practical experience. Each training is trauma-informed, victim- and family-sensitive, and utilizes current applicable research. Each is primarily focused on the criminal investigations to achieve justice in the criminal, civil and family court system. My trainings are applicable and useful to all Multidisciplinary Team members.“Detective Mike
Multidisciplinary Team Investigation Training
Gaining Cooperation and Supporting Maternal Non-Offending Caregivers (In Sexual ABUSE Cases)
MDT The ART of Investigative Corroboration CSAE or Abuse: Making A Case
Organizations Serving Youth, Parents, and Survivors
Institutional Failure: the Sexual Abuse of Over 82,000 Boys in the Boys Scouts of America
Lessons Every Organization Serving Youth Need to Know and Understand About the Prevention of Sexual Abuse
Scouts, Sins, and Institutional Sexual Abuse: Investigating and Responding to Youth Serving Organization
The Predator Amongst Us: How Trusted Adults Are Sexual Abusing America’s Youth and What You Need To Do About It
Ten Things Every Parent Needs to Know and DO before Signing their Child Up for Youth Programs
Consultations, Investigations & Assessments
Expert Consultant · Organizations Serving Youth · Content Development · Evaluation · Site and Program Risk Assessment · Crisis Incident Response Protocol · Civil Litigation
Available to provide expert testimony on:
- The development, management, and standard of care for youth protection programs
- Grooming and sexual abuse
- Ways in which sex offenders operate to evade detection both within and outside organizations serving youth
Michael (Mike) V. Johnson, BSCJ
Child and Youth Sexual Abuse Prevention & Investigation Consultant
Detective Mike, LLC