Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit Marks 3rd Anniversary

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 01, 2011  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway's Cybercrimes Unit is celebrating its 3nd anniversary and touting its many accomplishments in the fight against child pornography, cyber- predators and crimes that occur online.

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched more than 230 child pornography investigations and seized more than 280,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit's investigative efforts have also resulted in the arrests of dozens of suspected Internet predators, including the February 2011 arrest of Dale Chisena Sr., the retired Florida school teacher accused of traveling to Kentucky to have sexual relations with what he believed to be was a child.

"Because of the work being done by Cybercrimes investigators, our prosecutors and partners in the law enforcement community, the Internet is a safer place for Kentucky kids," General Conway said. "I am extremely proud of our many accomplishments over the past three years. Our Cybercrimes Unit remains a national model in the fight against crimes that occur online."

Despite seeing his budget cut by nearly 30%, General Conway followed through on his commitment to create a unit dedicated to investigating crimes that occur online. In June 2008, he streamlined priority operations within his office and launched a Cybercrimes Unit devoted solely to investigating online crimes. The unit, now a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, has also given law enforcement and prosecutors across the Commonwealth the training they need to process digital evidence involved in 80 percent of today's crimes.

The following are the Attorney General's latest Cybercrimes statistics from 2008-2011:

  • Launched 232 child pornography investigations
  • Made 39 arrests
  • Executed 116 search warrants
  • Seized 282,065 child pornographic images and videos
  • Opened a digital forensic lab that has processed 3,976 hard drives and removable devices
  • Processed digital evidence for 102 law enforcement agencies.
  • One of nine agencies in the country selected by Microsoft to host cybersafety training for investigators
  • Trained 2,956 law enforcement officers and prosecutors on the latest technologies in fighting cybercrimes and data collection

In 2009, the General Assembly passed comprehensive cybercrimes legislation (HB 315) drafted by General Conway to modernize Kentucky laws related to crimes that occur online and to better protect Kentucky children from the dangers that exist online. Additionally, General Conway has traveled across the Commonwealth educating parents, students and teachers about the dangers that exist online. Since taking office, he has presented his Internet safety message to more than 40,000 Kentuckians, mostly children.

General Conway has also partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education and ConnectKentucky to create CybersafeKY. Through the partnership, the agencies are able to pool their resources to provide more Internet safety educational opportunities across the Commonwealth.

Attorney General Conway's Online Safety Checklist

General Conway asks that Kentucky parents and kids stay cybersafe this summer by following these simple tips.

  • Google your children often for your child's contact information. It can help you spot ways in which your child's personal information may be exposed to strangers online or could be an early detection system for cyberbullying posts.
  • Keep the computer in a family room, kitchen or open area –NOT in a child's bedroom.
  • Teach your children they should never meet an online friend in person unless you are with them.
  • Find out what email and instant-messaging accounts they have and ask them for their passwords.
  • Teach your children about the dangers of cell phone cameras and how they may be used against them. Cell phone images can be easily downloaded, altered and exploited on the Internet.
  • As any condition of use, make your child list you as a friend on Facebook or MySpace.
  • Consider installing monitoring and filtering software. Check for free downloads at SafeFamilies.com or K9WebProtection.com.

For additional information on cybersafety in Kentucky, visit General Conway's Cybersafety Page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/ . To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.