Peter O. Samples, Founder and State Chairman

   Peter O. Samples, during his senior year of high school won third place in the nation with his speech titled, What Democracy Means to Me. He graduated with a four year grade average of 3.97 out of a possible 4.0 from St. Camillus Academy, Corbin, KY. He was class valedictorian; a Governor's Scholar; and received a four year scholastic scholarship to attend Villa Madonna College, now Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elected Studies with minors in Education and Theology. He holds two Master of Science Degrees in the Administration of Justice & Law and the Administration of Public Agencies respectively, from the University of Louisville’s School of Justice and Law, and School of Community Development. He is a resident of Pendleton County, Kentucky, and a native of Corbin, Kentucky.

   Mr. Samples founded Kentucky's Task Force on Crimes Against Children, Inc., a/k/a KY Task Forces on Child Abuse & Exploitation Prevention, Inc., in January, 1985. Literally working from the trunk of his car, Samples initially headed up a two year, three county pilot project to prevent child abuse, neglect and sexual exploitation in Bracken, Pendleton, and Grant counties. He accomplished this upon the request of and with the assistance of then Kentucky Attorney General, David L. Armstrong. Samples and Armstrong expanded the Task Forces in 1987 to a statewide effort including services to all 120 counties within the Commonwealth. Since then, the Task Force has taken a lead role in making available its prevention and referral services to an estimated two million Kentuckians each year. In addition, the Task Force, was initially created as a quasi-governmental agency through the Attorney General’s Child Victim’s Trust Fund. Since its creation, its primary responsibilities include working to coordinate investigations of crimes against children throughout the Commonwealth to eliminate duplication of services. It works to assist local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies with the investigation, apprehension, arrest and conviction of those who commit crimes against Kentucky's children. It works to continuously improve Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice System through research and its E Z Log Juvenile Justice Diversion Program. It partners with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to locate missing children and it takes action against perpetrators of child sex trafficking and child slavery. It works to encourage individual tax payers and business entities to donate to the Attorney General’s Child Victim’s Trust Fund.

   Mr. Samples is a former federal law enforcement officer, Pendleton County Police Constable and Pendleton County Detective. He is a graduate of the Federal Protective Service Police Academy and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy. He has over 2000 hours of police and investigative training which includes in-service training from the University of North Florida’s Institute of Police Technology and Management, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. As a federal agent, Samples served on special assignment with the U.S. President’s Law Enforcement Reorganization Task Force Team as a lead criminal investigator, and as the Criminal Justice Adviser to President Jimmy Carter and his Administration. While on special assignment, he also conducted various covert assignments busting federal and state corruption. This he accomplished in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Criminal Justice Improvements, the Office of Juvenile Justice Prevention, the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee under the leadership of the late U.S. Senator, Ted Kennedy, and the University of Louisville's School of Justice under the sponsorship and guidance of Professor and retired FBI Agent, B.C. Brown and William "Big Six" Henderson, United States Marshall for the Western District of Kentucky.

   Prior to serving with the Carter Administration, Mr. Samples, while a federal officer, also served as a multi-state representative of the International Federation of Federal Police. He represented all U. S. federal law enforcement officers as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in matters before each country's respective National Labor Relations Board. He also served as Commander of a 16 member uniformed federal police cadre whose responsibility was to respond to any federal emergency in the United States or its possession within a one hour deployment order. His first assignment, at the direct order of President Richard Nixon, was to respond to the Wounded Knee Incident, where the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied the Pine Ridge Reservation, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in protest against the federal government and its policies related to Native Americans. The Incident involved a standoff between the federal authorities and the AIM. The AIM group members surrendered after 71 days.

   In his capacity as a Pendleton County Police Constable, Samples was honored as Kentucky’s TOP COP of 2000 by the National Association of Police Organizations and as a runner-up to the National TOP COP in ceremonies in Washington, D.C.  He was credited with saving the lives of a district court judge, a county prosecutor, a designated court worker, and others by investigating, apprehending and arresting an individual who had constructed homemade steel pipe bombs containing black powder, fishhooks, lead sinkers, nails and razor blades, all with a four second detonator. When apprehended and arrested the subject was preparing to blow up a county courtroom with an estimated eighty people in attendance. The investigation also revealed that the male subject hoarded gallons of gasoline from which he made napalm. He covered stray domestic animals, specifically dogs and cats, with the substance when these animals would stray onto his property. He would then set them on fire to burn alive in the presence of his three young children. The subject then threatened to do the same to them if they told anyone. Samples was honored by then President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and United States Attorney General, Janet Reno. In his capacity as Pendleton County Detective with the Office of the Pendleton County Prosecutor, Samples was the lead investigator into a four year investigation of corruption in Pendleton County. The investigation, which involved numerous allegations of criminal conduct against several past and present members of the criminal justice community and others, and which Samples recently turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is still ongoing.

   As founder and State Chairman of Kentucky's Task Force on Crimes Against Children, Inc., Samples received an Outstanding Achievement Award from then Kentucky Attorney General David L. Armstrong. He was named a Daily Point of Light through the Daily Point of Light Foundation, Washington D.C. for his efforts in preventing crimes against children. Samples was honored by both Presidents Clinton and Bush.

   It was his own investigation into the physical abuse of an autistic child, a patient in a Kentucky state owned and operated facility at the time, that eventually caused Samples to file a criminal complaint. As a result, that facility was closed initially and fifteen employees, over a two year period, were indicted and convicted of felony physical abuse of mental patients by the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General.

   In addition to his service as State Chairman of the Kentucky's Task Force on Crimes Against Children, Inc., Mr. Samples, more recently, served the Commonwealth of Kentucky through its Justice & Public Safety Cabinet's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Through the use of observation research, under the auspices and direction of federal officials, he evaluated the leadership within Kentucky's own Juvenile Justice System by testing agency policy. At the same time, he assisted in providing treatment services to juvenile offenders who had been committed by the court to DJJ to give them an opportunity to become law abiding adults and productive and useful citizens. Based upon his own this research and that of others. Mr. Samples believes most juvenile offenders, prior to commitment to their respective juvenile justice systems, whether in Kentucky or elsewhere, were themselves victims of child abuse and/or neglect and/or exploitation in one form or the other. He believes this fact, in whole or in part, contributed to their criminal activity and subsequent adjudication.

   Mr. Samples, in 2002, with the assistance of the Office of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, was credited with suggesting and writing the provision of the Aviation Security Act which authorizes appropriately trained local, state, and federal law enforcement officers to carry a firearm when flying and assisting federal air marshals in their efforts to provide security on-board American aircraft.

   Previously published in the field of criminal justice through the U. S. Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia, Samples continues writing another research work, Unbridled Power. His previous publication, A Plan for Change, was utilized by the President's Federal Law Enforcement Reorganization's Task Force Team, as a guideline for federal law enforcement reorganization. He also authored the Campbell County District Court Volunteer Juvenile Justice Probation Officer/Mentor Program "A Pitot Project Procedure Manual One and Procedure Manual Two ©.

   Peter O. Samples, presently serves as President and CEO of Confidential Business Services, Inc., a public for-profit accounting agency, specializing in accounting, payroll, and tax return preparation for small to medium size businesses, as well as collections, management consulting, theft and fraud investigations, estate planning and estate management. He is Co-Owner and Managing Member of Jingle Bell Rock's Vineyard & Homemade Wines, LLC and Tranquility Day Spa of Kentucky, LLC. In addition to his service as State Chairman of Kentucky's Task Force on Crimes Against Children, Inc., he is also the founder and President of several other non-profit organizations to include the following; Children's Crisis Center of Pendleton County, Inc., an emergency shelter for children and their non-offending guardians who have been displaced from their homes due to domestic violence. The Children's Crisis Center is affiliated with and financially supported by Kentucky's Task Force on Crimes Against Children, Inc.; Children of Domestic Violence, Inc., a statewide organization which focuses on providing an emergency relief fund for child victims of domestic violence; and, The Sportsman's Network, Inc., a statewide organization that compliments Kentucky's Department of Fish & Wildlife to preserve Kentucky's wildlife through controlled fishing and hunting regulations, as well as the rehabilitation and release of wounded wildlife and the raise and release of endangered animal species. Mr. Samples is one of the original incorporators of St. Camillus Academy Alumni Association, Inc., for which he presently serves as President. Under his leadership, the Association is attempting to re-establish a New St. Camillus Academy, in the Corbin, Kentucky, geographical area since the Old St. Camillus Academy was closed several years ago.

 

 

                                                                                    

        DR. PETER FULLWOOD, Emeritus

         1929-2007

        Born on September 24, 1929 in Chesterfield, England, Dr. Fullwood served as a young man in both the British Navy and the Rhodesian Army.  After coming to America, he graduated in 1967 from the Palmer Chiropractic College, Davenport, Iowa.  He resided and practiced as an independent chiropractor in Falmouth, KY from 1967 until his death, April 22, 2007.

         Dr. Fullwood was one of the initial incorporators, a charter officer and charter member of the KY Multi-County Task Forces on Child Abuse, Inc., since it was founded in January, 1985.  He served as its Executive Vice Chairman from 1985 until February 2005 at which time he was appointed State Chairman.  Dr. Fullwood also served as President of the Pendleton County Task Force on Child Abuse, a local affiliate of the statewide agency.  During his tenure with the Task Forces, Dr. Fullwood was instrumental in the development of the Children of Domestic Violence, Inc. and the Children’s Crisis Centers, Inc.  Both organizations provide emergency services to abused and neglected children.  In addition to his work in the area of child abuse, Dr. Fullwood was a former mayor of Falmouth, KY, former member of the Falmouth City Council, past president and member of the Pendleton County Mental Retardation Board, and President and member of the Falmouth Lions Club.

EXECUTIVE BOARD COMMITTEE

Peter O. Samples, President & State Chairman, Chief of Investigations

Kenneth L. Hale, Board Treasurer

Melinda Delph-Miller, Board Secretary & Co-Vice President

Robin D. Landrum, Assistant Board Secretary & Co-Vice President

BOARD MEMBERS/COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES

Gerry Krebs, Bracken County Assistant Project

Timothy Slone, Grant County Project Director & Juvenile Justice Coordinator

Niklaus Gehler, Grant County Assistant Project Director

Marty Hart, Campbell County Project Director

Janet H. Samples, Alternate Officer

Bill Krebs, Board Chaplin

Staff:

Executive Director, Vacant

Webmaster & Administrative Assistant, Patricia A. Hawkins

Fundraising Coordinator, Charles E. Cox

JJDP Builder & Maintenance Supervisor, Ronald  Hawkins, Jr.

 

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