The Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducts both proactive and reactive child exploitation investigations. Investigators use the latest technology to identify, investigate, and arrest offenders who utilize the internet and technology to sexually exploit children.
Proactive child exploitation investigations are conducted by specially trained sworn investigators affiliated with VT-ICAC who operate online undercover.
Reactive child exploitation investigations originate from complaints from citizens, requests for assistance from law enforcement agencies not affiliated with the Task Force and from CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
NCMEC’s CyberTipline provides the public and electronic service providers (ESPs) with the ability to report online (and via toll-free telephone) instances of online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet. NCMEC continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to the appropriate ICAC Commander.
Reports with a tie to Vermont are reported to VT-ICAC Commander Raymond.
Digital Forensic Examinations
Forensic examination of digital evidence is critical to the mission of VT-ICAC. Today’s digital devices are more complex, have exponentially increasing storage capacity, and are encountered at a much higher rate than in the past. The workload created by these technological advances on VT-ICAC examiners is vast. Digital Forensic Examinations are performed by sworn and civilian local, state and federal personnel affiliated with VT-ICAC who have received extensive training and use highly specialized equipment.
The VT-ICAC Digital Forensic Examinations are coordinated by the Forensic Supervisor, Detective Sergeant Peter Garivaltis of the Vermont State Police.