CRC to Launch a Forensic Tool to Help Officers Arrest Child Predators

  • By CBS12, Luli Ortiz
  • May 13, 2019

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — A Boca Raton-based organization that rescues children worldwide from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement will soon launch a new forensic tool that will help investigators arrest child predators.

Child Rescue Coalition’s (CRC) current software called CPS Technology digitally tracks online predators and abusers and reports it back to local authorities.

However, Founder & CEO Carly Yoost says criminals are getting tech savvy. “They delete the material off of their computer, which gets in the way of a prosecution or a conviction of these offenders,” Yoost explains.

To combat the issue, Child Rescue Coalition is developing a new program called Neula which will help investigators recover files that have been deleted from a suspect’s computer.

She says it’s the first of its kind.“They will identify fragmented pieces of the illegal content,” she said. “We put it together and allow the officer to play the file and see the evidence and it will be visible in court.”

Yoost says there are 50 to 100 million records of child porn trading worldwide every day. “A lot of the images and videos that we see being traded have been images that were taken of children that are trafficked,” she said. “We’re always trying to stay cutting edge and stay one step ahead.”

Neula is in the final phase of development. Meanwhile, CRC is currently training officers worldwide on how to use the tool, including here in Palm Beach County.

“To me, it’s really encouraging that we have a tool that can lead to their identity and really put a stop to this abuse,” Yoost said.

Since 2013, the non-profit has arrested more than 11,000 predators and rescued over 2,600 children from sexual exploitation and abuse in 91 countries. They hope to make more arrests using Neula, which is set to launch by the end of this year.

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