A New Training Resource on Elder Sexual Abuse for Minnesota

This webinar will provide an overview of a new training resource from the Office of the Ombudsman for Long Term Care. Elder Sexual Abuse in Care Facilities, focuses on the prevention of ongoing sexual abuse of vulnerable adults in facilities and in the community. Emphasizing a trained and coordinated response to all aspects of sexual abuse, the training brings together the history and experience of care professionals, State of MN advocates, attorneys, and law enforcement professionals.

Speakers will include the follow subject matter experts:

Kalease Smith: Kalease Smith has a Masters of Science in Behavioral Psychology which heightened her passion for helping others. She began her journey in 1999 when she was first employed by St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health. There, she began her work with pregnant and parenting teenagers as a Health Educator. In 2012, she transferred to Ramsey County SOS Sexual Violence Services and began her work with victims of sexual violence. Alongside her work with victims, Kalease works as an outreach coordinator doing most of the trainings and presentations. Outreach work is her passion and believes it is vital especially for marginalized communities. Kalease stays grounded, inspired, and motivated by her mother, family, and her dog Kendall.

Chad Turcotte: Chad has over 18 years in Law Enforcement. He has extensive training and experience in criminal investigations, leadership in police organizations and elder abuse investigations among other areas. Previously he was a board member and board chair for Crow Wing County Adult Protection team and continues to serve on the Crow Wing County Victim Services board as well as other organizations. Chad had served on the Nisswa and Crosslake Police Department’s as an officer. While with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office he served as a deputy, investigator, and member of the tactical response team; he was also a background investigator and Internet Crimes Against Children investigator among other positions. Chad was also an instructor at Central Lakes College in the criminal justice program. Most recently Chad retired as a Sergeant with the Pequot Lakes Police Department. Chad has testified at the State Capital regarding Elder Abuse from his experiences. He is currently a Surveillance Operations Manager for a Gaming Regulatory Authority which oversees a casino. Chad brings an extensive knowledge base to the table that he acquired through countless specialized trainings and vast investigative career.


August 25, 2022