In episode 04 of Digital Forensics In Real Life (DFIRL) podcast we’ll be talking to Mitch Kajzer. Mitch has been in law enforcement since 1989, and been a cybercrime investigator since 2003. He’s the Director of the Cyber Crimes Unit for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in St. Joseph County, Indiana, and teaches digital forensics at the University of Notre Dame. Mitch has conducted over 2,500 digital examinations, resulting in hundreds of arrests and convictions.
Mitch tells us about Ann, a nine-year-old girl who was sexually abused by her teacher, Timothy James Wyllie. Wyllie was an attorney who briefly served as an elementary school teacher, and used his access to children to sexually abuse Ann in 2001, when she was in the fourth grade. This case is documented in the book “Caught in the Web: Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators,” by Julian Sher. By the way, Ann is a pseudonym, not the victim’s real name.
What was striking about this story is just how much Mitch is an absolute force of nature. Even when everyone around him was doubting his ability to work this case, his conviction – and his belief in Ann and her story – carried him through.
Listen now to see how the story unfolds.
The following podcast episode involves a case of child exploitation, the content and details of this case may be disturbing to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
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