Jim Clemente

Jim Clemente



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Before his retirement in 2009, Jim Clemente had been a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico since 1998. Before he joined the FBI, he was a prosecutor in the New York City child sex crimes division. He is a nationally recognized expert…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Shooting began in February 2011 on "Intimate Madness, a film produced by Jim Clemente and written by Kevin J. Hynes.

    • Jim Clemente appeared on Good Morning America on December 23, 2009, to discuss the newly disclosed information that the FBI has had a file on Michael Jackson as early as 1993 and his involvement in Jackson's alleged child molestation case. The spot was originally scheduled to air the night before on World News Tonight, but was moved to the following day.

    • On November 5, 2009, Jim Clemente was interviewed on Larry King Live by Wolf Blitzer to discuss the horrific shootings that occurred at Fort Hood, Texas.

    • SSA James T. Clemente officially retired from the FBI on October 30, 2009.

    • On August 18, 2009, SSA Jim Clemente led a workshop on "The Behavioral Aspects of Child Sexual Victimization," covered child sex offender typologies, grooming behavior, victims of child sex crimes, and interviewing offenders, at the 21st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas.

    • On May 28, 2009, SSA Clemente led a class on "Criminal Profiling Overview & Child Sex Typologies" at the 36th National Latino Peace Officers Association Training Institute and Convention in Los Angeles, California.

    • In April 2008, SSA Jim Clemente and Andrew Wilder participated in a symposium, "Where Fact Meets Fiction: A National Symposium on the Intersection of Forensic Science and Pop Culture," at Duquesne University. The conference was presented by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the Duquesne University School of Law in collaboration with the Pittsburgh 250 initiative.

    • In a two-day conference entitled "Detecting Deception in Child Sexual Offenders," SSA Clemente spoke on "Child Sexual Offender Typologies/Child Sexual Abuse Continuum" October 18, 2007, in Austin, Texas.

    • Some of Jim's favorite books are the Dune series by Frank Herbert.

    • On October 11, 2007, Jim Clemente visited a private school in Manassas, Virginia, to speak to a class of Advanced Literature and Writing students about his experiences writing for Criminal Minds. Encouraging the eager students, Jim suggested they each keep a writing journal with them at all times to record any ideas, thoughts, or characters that might occur to them.

    • "Lessons Learned," written by Jim Clemente, won the 2007 Human Rights First Award for Excellence in Television for its humane portrayal of detainee interrogation. The Awards Dinner, a $10,000-a-plate affair at the Chelsea Piers with Sigourney Weaver in attendance, was held on October 15, 2007.

    • In August 2007, SSA Jim Clemente presented a workshop on "Child Sex Offender Typologies" at the 19th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas.

    • The lead character in Criminal Minds, Jason Gideon, played by Mandy Patinkin, as well as David Rossi played by Joe Mantegna, is based on Jim Clemente and his career with the BAU.

    • In May 2007, the Criminal Minds episode, "Lessons Learned," was submitted by CBS Paramount Television for consideration for a 2007 Emmy Award nomination in the Best Drama category.

    • In Working Upstream: A Public Health Approach to Preventing the Sexual Abuse of Children, SSA Jim Clemente stated when it comes to child sexual abuse, there is a conspiracy of silence. Few people report instances of abuse, upholding familial and institutional silence. Yet, no action can be taken until abuse is reported.

    • In USA Today (November 22, 2006), Jim Clemente commented on his collaboration with Criminal Minds, and stated he believes his involvement with the series helps in creating an accurate picture of the BAU for the public as well as alerting other law enforcement agencies to its services, especially when time is critical. He noted that, in one hour, the show can reach 15 million people.

    • In a Times-Herald Record article titled "Strangers in MySpace" (February 12, 2006), Jim was quoted as saying the MySpace website is the kind of place that clearly attracts sexual predators. He went on to say it presents a huge risk.

    • On November 7, 2006, Jim met with students in Washington, D.C., from the Roswell (Georgia) Centennial High School Law and Justice Program. He spoke to them about how making the right choices early in life helped him become an agent and then a criminal profiler with the FBI.

    • Jim has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy as well as a Juris Doctor in Law.

    • SSA Jim Clemente was a prosecutor before beginning his career with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. He is now a recognized expert in the fields of Child Sex Offender Behavior, Child Sexual Victimology, and Child Pornography.

    • SSA Jim Clemente has been an FBI agent for more than 19 years, eight of them as a member of the elite Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), headquartered in Quantico, Virginia. Jim is one of only 30 agents chosen for the BAU, out of more than 12,000 agents. SSA Clemente is a recognized expert in the fields of Child Sex Offender Behavior, Child Sexual Victimology, and Child Pornography.

    • Jim Clemente is one of Mandy Patinkin's primary sources of background information for his role as SSA Jason Gideon on Criminal Minds. The two became friends while Jim was on leave from the FBI to undergo treatment for lymphoma. Mandy had undergone successful treatment himself for prostate cancer.

    • In December 2006, Jim returned to active duty with the FBI after successfully undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

    • Jim Clemente wrote "Lessons Learned" with assistance from his nephew, Mike, who is a film student.

    • Jim carries a picture in his wallet of a young boy he helped save as an agent in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit because it reminds him of why he does his job. This practice was written into Criminal Minds' SSA Jason Gideon's character, as evidenced in several episodes in the first season.

    • Jim honored a friend, SSA Andrew Bingaman, by naming a character after him in the episode he wrote for Criminal Minds entitled "Lessons Learned." Andy died of lymphoma the day Jim turned in his episode outline.

  • Quotes

    • Jim Clemente: (on criminal profiling) It's like holding up a mirror to the offender. You study the victim and it reflects back on the offender.

    • Jim Clemente: (on kidnapped children) Based on the statistics, 44% of the children who are abducted and murdered die within the first hour, 73% within the first three hours, and 99% within the first 24 hours.

    • Jim Clemente: (regarding the BAU) There's only 30 of us out of 12,500 agents... and we cover the entire United States... and we go around the world... so it's a fascinating job.

    • Jim Clemente: (discussing his profession) You have the opportunity, every now and then, to make huge difference and save somebody's life. I don't think there's anything better than that... that you can do for a living.

    • Jim Clemente: (honoring his friend and colleague, Andrew Bingaman) Andy fought cancer and terrorism with unbounded bravery.

    • Jim Clemente: (when asked what he watches on television) I do not as a rule watch crime shows... too much like work. But I love CM [Criminal Minds] and The Closer.

    • Jim Clemente: (to his friends on the Lymphoma Information Network) Thank you for your kind and inspiring words. I too am eternally grateful to all the Doctors, Nurses, Researchers, Lymphoma Society Members, Family, and Friends (Including Mandy P.) who made my recovery possible. I love Life and I am so fortunate to continue to live it to its fullest!

    • Jim Clemente: (on interrogating a suspect) If you treat the subject with dignity and respect, that's the best way to promote interaction, to make it more likely that he will talk to you.