No Child Left Behind
As technology gets better and better, criminals seem to get more brazen in their acts of crime, while on the other spectrum, crime fighters are getting new tools in their arsenal to catch them. Thanks to a groundbreaking new technology, one child predator is now serving a 110-year sentence behind bars for his crimes. Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Crimes Center was able to use these new innovations to identify the man who posted a photo of his victim online using this one tiny clue.
The suspect in this case, posted a photo of one of his victims online, who being unaware of it at the time, had actually revealed some very critical information about himself to the world. In the background of the photo, a bathroom counter displays various medications, unreadable to the naked eye, but using a new “photo-dna” system, the perpetrator is now off the streets.
Special agent Jim Cole explains, “Utilizing some technology that hadn’t even been released to the public yet we were able to take a look at the bottle and reverse out some of the motion blur.” After reanalyzing the photo through this technology, a prescription number, and a name, Stephen Keating.
A close-up image of the suspects hand in the photo also enabled agents for the very first time the ability to lift fingerprints from within the picture. Cole says, “That was the first time we were able to do that.”
It is a daunting task for investigators, they now see over 500,000 images a week, which amounts to over 25 million a year. But with the help of this new technology, their job is getting at least a little bit easier.
Video: Bild News