Utah FBI Agent Creates Software to Catch Child Pornographers

Sep 19, 2012

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The worst pornographers are those that kidnap and exploit children to create child pornography. Typically, child pornographers go so far underground that they are hard to detect and find. Unfortunately, law enforcement often struggles to keep up.

When FBI special agent Eric Zimmerman of Salt Lake City was tasked with creating a software tool to detect child pornography on computers, he more than delivered. Zimmerman created 13 software tools that have helped “save at least 45 children and led to 330 searches and more than 220 arrests, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

The tools automatically search a computer for child pornography, instead of requiring an FBI agent to do it manually. The software has been used on every case since 2010 by the Utah Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Because the tools are offered for free to law enforcement agencies, it has also saved task forces thousands of dollars.

The software is being used in the U.S. and 41 other countries to catch online sexual predators.

ContentWatch would like to join with others to sing Zimmerman's praises for creating this wonderful tool, which has “cut in half the time needed to investigate the data on a computer hard drive.” This tool is directly leading to the arrest of more child pornographers and the saving of more victimized children.

Child safety is very important. Every little bit helps to combat the filth and danger that exists around us, whether it's online or in the real world.

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