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Aug 01, 2013

Missouri Man Receives 180-Year Sentence for Child Abuse

Daryl D. Lemasters of Platte City was convicted in June for sexually abusing two girls, now ages 9 and 11. Today, Lemasters, a Cub Scout leader and a business owner, was ordered to serve six consecutive 30-year sentences for crimes allegedly committed over a 4-year period. The HARCFL provided digital forensic support.

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Jul 09, 2013

Heart of America RCFL Celebrates 10 Years of Service

The Heart of America RCFL's 10-Year anniversary celebration was held today at the lab’s headquarters. The ceremony, which brought together executives from the 21 law enforcement agencies that participate in the RCFL, also commemorated its recent International Program accreditation from ASCLD/LAB. Read the press release.

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Nov 02, 2012

Heart of America RCFL Satellite Laboratory Opens in Topeka

Heart of America RCFL's (HARCFL) satellite laboratory opened today in Topeka, Kansas. The Topeka facility is the RCFL Program's first transitional laboratory. Built with state of Kansas funding and located within the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Headquarters, the Topeka Satellite RCFL will operate under the direction of the HARCFL for three to five years and then transition to full state control. In addition to operational oversight, the FBI is also providing equipment and training. Participating agencies are the KBI, Shawnee County Sheriff's Department, Topeka Police Department and the FBI.

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Jan 17, 2011

Heart of America RCFL (HARCFL) Director SSA Lou Ann Stovall Featured in a Kansas City Star Article about Child Prostitution

According to the article, child exploitation is so prevalent, “Federal courts have been flooded in recent years with cases charging defendants with the possession, distribution or production of child pornography." Much of that evidence is processed through the HARCFL

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May 27, 2010

Kansas City Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges

The Heart of America RCFL (HARCFL) provided digital forensics expertise to the Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force during the federal investigation of Khalid Quazzani, 32. The married father of two, and naturalized American citizen plead guilty in federal court to conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda. He now faces up to 65 years in prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $1 million and an order of restitution – Full Story

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May 12, 2009

Police cracking down on child porn- Special Victim's Unit Takes On Child Porn

Tucked in a corner of the Independence, MO police headquarters, an office hums with activity. Computers are on, evidence bags with DVD's, CD-ROM's, and computer hardware line the desks and shelves. It's not your normal office of detectives. It's the reorganized Special Victim's Unit. And it's working.

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Jun 18, 2008

Missouri survey finds an extensive network trading in child pornography

Child-exploitation investigators found something unsettling when they recently took a 30-day snapshot of files being shared through computers in Missouri. More than 7,000 computers were trading known images of child pornography. The Kansas City area accounted for more than 700 of those computers, which used peer-to-peer software similar to that used to trade music.

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Jan 24, 2008

Forensics lab receives national accreditation

As digital media play an increasingly prevalent role in everyday life, gathering evidence for criminal cases has become even more challenging for investigators. That's where the individuals at the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory come in. Investigators at the lab, located in an office building near Briarcliff Village, are trained to analyze computers, cell phones and other media for clues that might produce leads in criminal cases. The investigators represent 18 law enforcement agencies from the local, state and federal levels, including the Platte County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas City Police Department.

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May 09, 2007

Blue Springs man faces child abuse, pornography charges

As a result of a tip from Internet provider America Online, a 65-year-old Blue Springs man was charged today with multiple counts of child abuse and child pornography. Jerry D. Wilson was arrested at his home and was being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond. According to court documents, AOL informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2004 that e-mails linked to Wilson contained pornographic images involving children. The national center gave the information computer-crime authorities in St. Louis.

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Jan 28, 2007

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE - Usage is multiplying worldwide Cameras gather evidence, help catch criminals

A robber grabbed a convenience store's video surveillance tape and cut it to pieces. An FBI laboratory in Kansas City last year put it back together. A Kansas burglar's face didn't give him away on video, but the tattoos on his neck and arms did. The FBI lab froze the frames, photographed the tattoos and identified the man. As more surveillance cameras appear worldwide, police use them more and more to mine evidence and catch criminals. Even more and better cameras are on the way, and so are more technicians called video forensic experts. Kansas City police want to spend $4 million to upgrade their patrol car cameras to higher-quality digital equipment. Police in both Kansas Citys hope to install cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. And some officers on both forces are being trained in forensic video.

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Oct 20, 2006

Forensic Technology at the Fingers of Investigators

You may be surprised by exactly how much information about yourself is stored on your cell phone or computer. Now, law enforcement agencies across Kansas are using those clues to fight crime and accessing forensic evidence, right from their desktops. "Everything from terrorism to child pornography to identity theft to complex theft schemes," says Corporal Thad Winkleman of the types of crimes they work on at the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.

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Jun 02, 2006

Sex-Murder Case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- KMBC's Jim Flink reported that when video images are fuzzy, local law enforcement brings the video to the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Lab. This week alone, there have been several high-profile cases in which video has been central to the case. More than 22 tapes in the Richard Davis and Dena Riley case are in the hands of the FBI.

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Feb 01, 2006

Northland lab helps solve major crimes: Computer forensics used to crack high-profile cases throughout area

A quick question: What do Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, Lisa Montgomery, the lady arrested on suspicion of murdering Bobbie Jo Stinnett and removing an unborn baby from her womb, and Thomas Murray, the former Kansas State University professor convicted of murdering his wife, all have to do with Kansas City?

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Nov 01, 2003

Article in the Forensic Technology Magazine on the RCFL program

This FBI-backed program is the cutting edge for collecting evidence from digital devices ...and it is totally free of charge to law-enforcement agencies in selected regions.

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