An examiner who has been called the “pediatric examiner of the world” for decades, David Bellefontain, will retire in the next few months after years of service.
He will be replaced by a new examiner who is a veteran of a number of high-profile investigations and whose background includes investigating child sexual abuse cases in California and the United Kingdom.
The new examiner, who has not yet been named, is expected to make an announcement on Monday.
He was hired in 2015 as the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Institute for Forensic Medicine.
Bellefontains experience spans more than 20 years at the institute.
He also has worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Coast Guard and the State Department.
He is a member of the Forensic Science Board of Directors of the American Association of Forensic Pathologists, the American Society of Forensic Medicine, the International Association of Certified Pathologists (IASP), the Society of Pediatric Endocrinologists, and the American College of Forensic Sciences.
His credentials include a doctorate in Forensic Sciences from Cornell University and a doctor of law from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has testified before Congress about cases involving the rape and molestation of children, and has been honored by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U,S.
Department of Justice.
He was also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, a medal of honor from the U:S.
Army and the Medal of the Merit from the World Medical Association.
The American Academy also recognizes his contributions to the development of the forensic examination in the United States.
“I’ve spent more than a decade in the field, from the moment I was born, to the moment we graduated from college, and my specialty is forensic pathology,” BelleFontains bio states.
“The world has been waiting for this opportunity for more than 30 years, and I am extremely grateful to be able to take part in it.”
BelleFontain will be the fourth person to be inducted into the American Forensic Science Hall of Fame, which will be announced later this month.
In addition to BelleGrand, the current inductees are: Mary Jo Ann Tippett, an author and investigative journalist; Susanne Bierstadt, a journalist and author; and Daniel L. Smith, a professor of forensic medicine and law.
They have been honored for their work on child sexual exploitation cases in the U., and they will be honored by the Society for Pediatric Forensic Medicine on Dec. 10.