James T. Clemente was a Supervisory Special Agent in the BAU.
Born in San Mateo, California, Clemente grew up in New York. His younger brother is Tim Clemente.
His early learning problems were solved after a Dyslexia diagnosis and subsequent treatment during his junior year at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, (majored in chemistry with a minor in philosophy). Right after, he attended Fordham Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctor.
He lived in Washington D.C. and Virginia while working as a profiler for the FBI BAU. After his retirement, he spends most of his time in Los Angeles.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent James T. Clemente (Retired) is now a Consultant and Expert Witness for Park Dietz & Associates in civil cases and The Academy Group, Inc. in criminal matters. He is also a Consultant/Writer/Producer for Network Television and Feature Films.
Before his retirement on October 30, 2009, Clemente had been a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico since 1998. He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of Sex Crimes Investigations, Sex Offender Behavior, Child Sexual Victimization, and Child Pornography. Clemente has investigated and consulted on thousands of cases involving the violent and sexual crimes, sexual victimization of children, and he has interviewed hundreds of victims and offenders. He has also testified as an expert witness and lectured on these topics across the country and around the world.
Before he joined the FBI, he headed the Child Sex Crimes Prosecution Team in Bronx County for the New York City Law Department.
Clemente did undercover work that led to the incarceration of a prolific child sex offender, a teacher and CYO Camp Director who had molested dozens of children including Clemente. As a result of this work, Clemente was recruited into the FBI.
His first duty assignment was to the New York Field Division's Joint FBI/NYPD Bank Robbery/Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force. He was then assigned to the Office of the Independent Counsel in Little Rock, where he worked on the Whitewater case and ended bringing charges against Web Hubble (the Associate Attorney General at the time), and the Washington Field Office in 1995, where worked Cold Case Homicides, and Major Cases. In 1998, he was promoted to SSA and assigned to the BAU where he worked as a Behavioral Analyst on cases involving Serial Murder, Serial Rape, Homicide, Equivocal Death, Sex Crimes, and Violent Crimes until his retirement.
When the 9/11 attacks happened, he was one of the first responders, and ended up getting lymphoma along with about 50 cops and firefighters and eight other FBI agents, all within a short period of time. He had to undergone a bone marrow transplant as a result.
Criminal Minds Advisor
Mandy Patinkin became an acquaintance with Clemente during research for his role as BAU profiler Jason Gideon. Through Patinkin (Clemente was undergoing treatment for his lymphoma), he established a bond with others connected to Criminal Minds, providing informal advice about profiling and the BAU since Season One. By then, he was back to his own work as an FBI agent, and because of that, he couldn't supplement his salary with an outside job without some kind of approval. He did it because it was an opportunity to teach; he says the collaboration works well, creating an accurate picture of the BAU for the public and alerting other law enforcement agencies to its services, particularly in cases in which time is of the essence. In one hour, the show can reach 18 million people, while during his career, he probably had been able to teach around 50,000 police officers and professionals around the world.
In his own words: "...I went out and met the executive producer, Ed Bernero. It turned out he had been a cop. We hit it off pretty quickly. I said, 'I'd love to help you. As long as you help us do our job and don't hurt it.' He said, 'What do you mean?' 'If you insult cops or you have us come in and take the case away from cops or, you know, disrespect them, the cops in the real world are going to think that's what we're like. But if you make it that we're working with the cops, it's their case and we're just helping... if you can do that, I will be happy to help you.' I'm now on Season 9 of helping them."
In a rare occurrence, he wrote his first Minds episode while being an agent still with the FBI. After his retirement, he has written one per season, always being credited as "Jim Clemente":
- Season Two
- Season Five
- Season Six
- Season Seven
- Season Eight
- Season Nine
- Season Ten
- Season Eleven
- Season Twelve
- Season Thirteen
Clemente has also made uncredited cameo appearances in the episodes he writes. In "Gabby", he portrayed a pedophile. In "A Badge and a Gun", he portrayed Ed Sulzbach, a former FBI agent and murder victim of Andrew Meeks.
Lead characters Jason Gideon and David Rossi are partially based on Jim Clemente and his career with the BAU. Derek Morgan's back-story of sexual abuse at the hands of a mentor was based on Jim's real-life experience.