Internet Investigations

By: Doug Korstanje
By: Doug Korstanje

West Virginia State Police have teamed up with Marshall University and WVU in the fight against internet crimes especially those cases where children are the victims.

We went inside the new digital forensics lab at Marshall to show you the work that's being done.

When Dick Jefferson tried to solicit a young girl on the internet, the former Cabell Schools Superintendent wound up talking to an undercover police officer in the state's eastern panhandle and many of the internet investigations involving suspects from our area have been referred here from out of area police agencies.

But that statistic will be changing because of what's happening at Marshall University.

Marshall has invested more than a hundred thousand dollars in computer equipment for use by state police in the new digital forensics lab. All the tools needed to preserve evidence from computer crimes.

A lack of funding in the past has many police agencies playing catch up in the area of computer crimes and that's why the partnership with a university makes so much sense.
Police get the money they need for equipment while students get the environment they need to learn.

We've already seen an arrest from the work out of this lab with the case against Harold Wooten.

Both the Huntington Police and West Virginia State Police work with a sheriff's task force out of Virginia that has helped lead the way in preventing and prosecuting internet crimes against children.

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