CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County prosecutor and The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force unveiled its newest tool to battle Internet predators, a state of the art mobile forensic lab.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said the forensic lab is the first of its kind in Ohio. The Mobile Investigations Vehicle will aid in the probe of online sexual predators, and child pornography trading and downloading.
The vehicle was unveiled at Fort Huntington Park on the the corner of West 3rd Street and Lakeside Avenue.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said he believes this vehicle will help them maintain their one hundred percent conviction rate bringing child sexual predators to justice.
"This mobile lab will bring state of the art technology to the doorsteps of sexual predators," he said, "It has 3 forensic work stations, exterior work station with the lcd monitor a dvr with dhs dvd player a wireless printer."
The mobile lab also has an interview room with video and audio; as well as, back up cameras and more.
"It's the first of it's kind in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation," said Mason.
He said the technology inside the vehicle should help cut down the wait time from back logged cases.
"We find out what we find on scene look at the material and do a second indictment such as you know there's Darin Casper today he was reindicted," said Mason.
Director of ICAC, Brett Keiker, said they believe the mobile lab would have helped them indict alleged sexual predator Darin Casper for all the sexual crimes he's allegedly committed.
Casper's family ran a day care for years where unsuspecting parents were leaving their kids in the home.
He was first arrested in May 2012. The new charges were handed up today. "He was indicted on new charges as a result of some of the things found at his residence when they went on the search warrant they weren't able to decipher what they were until later date which was entered to a grand jury this morning," said Mason.
Keiker said the majority of the videotaping was voyeuristic in nature. "So some of these kids did not know they were being videotaped," he said.
He said there were kids from the neighborhood and who went to the daycare that were victimized.
They have interviewed several of those victims.
Keiker said this vehicle could've made a big difference.
"We would've been able to tell popping in one or two cds with more forensic examiners working at these devices on scene. We would've known he was sending more than emails this guy was producing and he was producing on kids whose parents brought them there to recieve care who trusted this family," he said.
Meanwhile, Casper goes to trial September 19th.
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