January 23, 2014
Two Indiana State Police investigators were recently honored for their work in a Federal Law Enforcement case that cumulated with a Bloomington man receiving 315 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
Sergeant Jennifer Barnes and Sergeant Brian Bunner, of the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division (Cyber Crimes), were honored with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) award on January 9th for their work during the investigation of David Bostic and Operation Bulldog. It is highly unusual for a state or local law enforcement officer to receive this award, and demonstrative of just how valuable their work was.
Their expertise and diligence in conducting forensic examinations was instrumental in the sentencing of David Bostic, of Bloomington to 315 years in federal prison. The investigation of Bostic, a contact offender, producer, and sadistic nepiophile ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of over 20 criminal pedophiles and nepiophiles in nine countries. Barnes and Bumnner were the primary forensic examiners for both the initial investigation of Bostic and the subsequent investigations that became part of Operation Bulldog.
“I applaud the work of the investigators and prosecutors on this case, who took a search warrant in Bloomington and successfully brought to justice defendants from all over the world,” said Josh Minkler, First Assistant United States Attorney. “More importantly, as a result of this 18 month operation, more than two dozen children here in Indiana and across the globe have been rescued from their tormentors.”
Sgt. Barnes and Sgt. Bunner are members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task force, lead by the Indiana State Police. The Indiana ICAC Task Force consists of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices. The ICAC Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in proactive investigations, forensic investigations, and criminal prosecutions.
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