John Shehan joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® in February 2000. He is responsible for NCMEC's operations relating to sexual crimes committed against children, including online child pornography, enticement and other instances of child sexual exploitation. In this role, he also conducts interviews with the news media about issues relating to Internet-facilitated crimes committed against children; testifies on behalf of NCMEC; and provides training and information sessions to the public, private industry, other nonprofit organizations and law enforcement agencies.
He served as president of the INHOPE Foundation between 2012 and 2014 where he helped cultivate and develop hotlines in Latin America and the Asian Pacific. He has also served as vice president of the INHOPE Association since 2012, with this term scheduled to end in 2016.
Mr. Shehan led the creation of NetSmartz411®, an online resource for parents and guardians about issues relating to Internet safety, computers and the Web, and has assisted in the development of NCMEC materials and policy relating to sexting and online safety prevention directed toward parents, guardians and teenagers.
He served as a technical advisory board member to the Internet Safety Technical Taskforce, led by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and was appointed to the Online Safety Technology Working Group.
Mr. Shehan received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Radford University in 1999, received a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University in 2018, and currently serves as an advisory board member to the College of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences at Radford University.