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May 27, 2016

Man charged with sex abuse of Oak Park teen he met on Tinder

The Oak Park Police Department has charged a Chicago man with the possession of pornographic images and sexual abuse of an Oak Park teenager. RCFL personnel conducted forensics on the victim's phone.

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May 27, 2016

Restaurateur pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering charges

Hu, 48, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. The feds left Chicago restaurateur Tony Hu’s South Michigan Avenue condominium in 2014 with 100 tattered bags of receipts — and hard drives covered in hammer marks

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Feb 20, 2016

Juan Contreras, Former Spanish-language TV host gets 61 years for child sex assaults

Chicago RCFL examiner testified in the trial of Juan Contreras. The former Chicago Spanish-language music producer and television host was sentenced to 61 years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting four young girls when he was supposed to be giving them voice lessons, according to prosecutors.

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Feb 20, 2016

Dajuan Key convicted of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in prostitution

Testimony from Chicago RCFL examiner helps convict Dajaun Key of taking a 15-year-old girl from Wisconsin to Illinois, where he forced her into prostitution.

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Feb 18, 2016

Ex-CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleads guilty

Ex-CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleads guilty, tearfully apologizes to students. Chicago RCFL provided onsite support at SUPES Academy and other locations that were instrumental in obtaining evidence for this investigation, and examined evidence in the laboratory.

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Feb 18, 2016

"The Digital Suspect" - Chicago RCFL featured in News Exclusive

As crime evolves with the digital nature of the world we live in, investigators are evolving as well; finding ways to keep up with the fast paced growth of technology. Director John Dziedzic explains the Chicago RCFL plays a crucial role in providing support for crimes involving digital evidence.

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Mar 15, 2012

Former Illinois Governor Begins Prison Term

Rod Blagojevich began serving his 14-year prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado. The Chicago RCFL provided digital forensics expertise to prosecutors for the ex-governor's two trials.

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Jun 01, 2011

RCFL Program Featured on FBI.gov

The RCFL Program, specifically the Chicago RCFL, is currently featured on the FBI homepage.

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May 06, 2011

Audio/Video Forensics Benefits Diverse Investigations

The ability to enhance images extracted from video and digital cameras has helped solve many investigations — from fleeing bank robbers caught on camera to actual crimes recorded on tape. Chicago RCFL Examiner Paul Rettig is applying his video forensics skills to aid two very different investigations — one for the National Hockey League and another involving a violent criminal who not only robs but chokes his victims

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Dec 04, 2009

Chicago lab goes after digital crooks

Trying to conceal wrongdoing, criminals often do whatever possible to get rid of digital evidence, sometimes acting in a moment of panic. That can include anything from deleting e-mails to shooting computers with a shotgun or even burning the house down. It's left to the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to try and recover the data. "The stuff isn't always looking pretty when it comes in here," John Parcol, a Chicago forensic examiner, said Thursday.

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Dec 03, 2009

FBI Techno-sleuths Find Evidence In Digital Codes

With FBI agents closing in on him, one suspect tried to burn down his own home in hopes the flames would destroy the computer hard drive holding the evidence to send him to prison. He failed. Another fired a shotgun into his computer at point blank range in hopes that blowing its two hard drives to smithereens would save him from the federal pen. He ruined one hard drive but the other survived and he went to prison.

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Dec 03, 2009

FBI's electronic sleuths find key evidence buried on hard drives and in cellphone messages

The FBI is celebrating a new honor for its high-tech Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. The laboratory, which handles 500 cases a year in northern Illinois, on Thursday received full accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation. The recognition puts it in the top level of such laboratories nationwide.

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