Episode 157 – Love, Bombs, and Molesters with FBI Agent Kenneth Lanning
Kenneth Lanning is currently working as a specialized consultant in the area of crimes against children. He was a Special Agent with the FBI for more than 30 years, before retiring in 2000. He began doing field work in 1981. When allegations of ritual abuse began to surface, circa 1983. At first, he tended to believe that the abuse really occurred. Kenneth Lanning was later assigned to the FBI Behavioral Science Unit and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia for 20 of those years. In 1992 he authored the AD FBI report on “Satanic Ritual Abuse”, which he is best known for.
Lanning would “prefer not to use the term” “ritual child abuse” as it offers “no significant value to the criminal investigator” and that the “newer term ‘satanic ritual abuse’ (abbreviated ‘SRA’) he considers even worse.” He rather prefers his own term “multidimensional” ; as in “multidimensional child sex rings” which is in reference to multiple players, often operating in multiple locations, etc.
He has worked longer than any other FBI agent doing behavioral analysis. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Kenneth is also a former member of the APSAC Advisory Board and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
A Dedicated Life
In 1990 Kenneth was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Research from the University of Virginia. Followed by being a 1996 recipient of the Outstanding Professional Award from APSAC and 1997 recipient of the FBI Director’s Annual Award for Special Achievement for his career accomplishments in connection with missing and exploited children. Kenneth Lanning is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service from the National Children's Advocacy Center.
He has also testified on seven occasions before the U.S. Congress and served as an expert witness in state and federal court. Mr. Lanning has authored numerous publications and consulted on thousands of cases involving the sexual victimization of children. He has lectured before and trained tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, social workers, mental health and medical personnel, judges, and other professionals.