Jim Clemente was a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, and he also worked as a New York City prosecutor. As a teenager, he was a victim of sexual victimization.
When Clemente writes episodes for the CBS television show “Criminal Minds,” he draws from those experiences.
“Television is an amazingly important medium, and you can actually teach things while you are entertaining,” said Clemente, who also provides technical advice to the “Criminal Minds” team. “Yes, you have to make adjustments. There are rules you must follow, and you have only 43 minutes to tell a story, so you have to compress time. But with profiling, psychology and behavioral analysis, I try to stay very much with the absolute truth, so the lessons that I am teaching are true.”
Clemente will be the featured speaker at the 100 Women Dinner on Thursday in USC Aiken’s Business and Education Building. The event, which will start at 6 p.m., will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County.
In a telephone interview earlier this year, Clemente discussed his experiences with “Criminal Minds.” The show, which premiered in September 2005, follows a team of profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
When former “Criminal Minds” actor Mandy Patinkin was doing research for his role as Behavioral Analysis Unit profiler Jason Gideon, he became acquainted with Clemente, who provided informal advice. Through Patinkin, Clemente established a bond with others connected to “Criminal Minds,” and his role with the show grew.
“I believe I have reached more people in the time that I have worked with ‘Criminal Minds’ than I could possibly have ever imagined,” Clemente said.
Criminal Minds characters Gideon and David Rossi are partially based on Clemente and his career with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. The backstory of sexual victimization for another character, Derek Morgan, was based on Clemente’s real-life experience.
“Criminal Minds” episodes written by Clemente include “Lessons Learned,” which aired during the show’s second season.
“It was about treating detainees down in Guantanamo Bay humanely as opposed to trying to torture them to get information out of them,” Clemente said. “I won a human rights award for it.”
The most recent episode written by Clemente, was “Gabby,” which first aired in February of this year. It is about the abduction of a 4-year-old girl. Among the other episodes written by Clemente are “Foundation” and “Restoration.”
The cost to attend the 100 Women Dinner is $35 per ticket for a seat or $280 for a table of eight. For more information, contact the Child Advocacy Center at 803-644-5100 or visit the organization’s website at www.cacofaiken.org. Tickets can be purchased at Material Things of Aiken on Silver Bluff Road and 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts on Laurens Street.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.