Cyber Crimes Division
The Cyber Crimes Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is a high-trained, specialized unit within the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. This division consists of Assistant State’s Attorneys, Special Investigators, and Cyber Crime Analysts working together as a team from the inception of a criminal investigation through all levels of criminal justice litigation on serious felony matters. The Cyber Crimes Division also provides logistical support to all divisions in the office, from litigation technology and case pleadings to attorney education and law enforcement guidance. Finally, the Cyber Crimes Division educates the Lake County community on Internet safety, cyberbullying, and child exploitation prevention.
The Cyber Crimes Division prosecutes cyber crimes such as child pornography and child exploitation, computer and wire fraud, dissemination of sexual images matters, and unlawful video recording and eavesdropping offenses. Additionally, this division prosecutes complex financial matters including theft, wire fraud, money laundering, identity theft and financial exploitation of the elderly and persons with disabilities. This division also participates in the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a nationwide effort at combatting child exploitation in our communities.
The Cyber Crimes Division also utilizes a state-of-the-art digital forensics laboratory to support local, state and federal law enforcement investigations. Through funding from justice partners, grants and Lake County, the State’s Attorney’s Office maintains the tools and technology to identify suspects in criminal matters, assist with missing persons investigations, and help victims of violent crime.
Finally, the Cyber Crimes Division has an Electronics Detection K-9, “Browser.” Browser has been specially trained to detect items with electronic chips that store information, and assists on computer crime investigations, missing persons cases, and educational presentations. Browser and his handler serve as crucial investigative resources for local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.