Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit Marks 4th Anniversary

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 11, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway's Cybercrimes Unit is celebrating its 4th 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 nearly 300 child pornography investigations and seized more than 322,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit's investigative efforts have also resulted in more than 100 child pornography convictions, including the February 2011 arrest of Dale Chisena Sr., a retired Florida school teacher accused of traveling to Kentucky to have sexual relations with two juveniles. Chisena was sentenced in U.S. District Court last month to 30 years in prison following a sting operation conducted by General Conway's cybercrimes investigators.

"I am extremely proud of our many accomplishments over the past four years," General Conway said. "Our Cybercrimes Unit has become a national model in the fight against crimes that occur online and we will continue working every day to make the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids."

Despite unprecedented budget cuts of more than 30 percent, General Conway followed through on his commitment to create a unit dedicated to investigate crimes that occur online. In June of 2008, he streamlined priority operations within his office and launched a Cybercrimes Unit devoted solely to investigating online crimes. The unit is now a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

General Conway also opened a digital forensic lab to help law enforcement across the Commonwealth address the backlog in processing and examining crucial digital evidence involved in 80 percent of today's crimes. Additionally, the Unit has trained law enforcement and prosecutors on the latest technologies in fighting cybercrimes and data collection.

The following are the Attorney General's Cybercrimes statistics since June of 2008:

  • Launched 286 child pornography investigations
  • Obtained 103 child pornography convictions
  • Executed 148 search warrants
  • Seized 322,173 child pornographic images and videos
  • Processed 5,775 hard drives and removable devices for a total of 83.78 Terabytes of data
  • Trained 1,711 law enforcement offices and prosecutors in data collection and combatting cybercrimes
  • One of nine agencies in the country selected by Microsoft to host cybersafety training for investigators

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 52,000 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 Top Online Safety Tips

  • Teach your children they should never meet an online friend in person unless you are with them.
  • Keep the computer in a family room, kitchen or open area –NOT in a child's bedroom.
  • As any condition of use, make your child list you as a friend on Facebook or MySpace.
  • Think before you post. The words and images you post online can affect college admission, future employment or even personal relationships.
  • Avoid posting vacation updates and pictures on social networking sites while you are away from home.
  • Check your privacy settings on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace and be mindful of personal information you share online, such as your birthplace or birthdate.

For additional tips to help parents, teens and senior citizens stay safe online, visit Attorney General Conway's "Cybersafety in Kentucky" website at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/ . To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.