Jeff Udvarhelyi has been in law enforcement in Southern California for 16 years. He is passionate about his position as an expert investigator in the field of child physical abuse, child sexual exploitation, online child enticement and child sexual assault. He has served as the lead detective in hundreds of graphic and complex child abuse investigations during his career, is a member of the San Diego ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force, FBI’s CETF (Child Exploitation Task Force) and is cross-sworn as a Special Deputy US Marshal. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University and has amassed over 1000 hours of additional training and education in effective child sexual abuse response, interview and interrogations, and multi-disciplinary team cooperation. During his investigative career, Jeff has also been invited to teach, encourage and inspire law enforcement professionals across the country.
Jeff has been an eye witness to the complex tragedies of child abuse and online exploitation of minors for several years while walking beside hundreds of children and their families during some of the darkest moments of their lives. He is determined to open up the difficult but necessary conversation about child sexual abuse in our society with the end goal being more prevention, smoother investigations, more painless prosecutions, and full restoration for the victims.
During his investigative career, Jeff has been invited to teach, encourage and inspire law enforcement professionals across the country. Throughout his career, Jeff has been recognized and honored for his zealous pursuit in seeing victims restored on their journey toward justice. In 2018, The San Diego County District Attorney’s Association recognized Jeff as the Investigator of the Year, for leading the first ever successful familial DNA case in San Diego County’s history.
Above everything else, Jeff is a family man. He and his wife of nearly 20 years live in Southern California with their two amazing daughters and two dogs whom they consider to be a part of the family. He is a former member of the Boise State Bronco football team, loves fishing with his girls, game nights with the whole family, and dates with his beautiful, bright and creative bride.