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Computer Science Students Receive State Police Award for Helping Combat Child Porn

Story posted May 20, 2009

Three seniors who have helped state police and investigators across the globe crack down on those who traffic in child pornography have been honored for their contribution.

Nick Dunn '09, Jeremy Fishman '09 and Tucker Hermans '09 — all computer science majors — created a computer program that recovers deleted child pornography videos from computer hard drives.

All three received the Colonel's Award at the Maine State Police Annual Awards Ceremony, held May 20, 2009, in Augusta.

Their collaboration came in response to a request for help from Maine State Police Sgt. Glenn Lang, who supervises the computer crimes unit, as reported in the March 19, 2008, edition of the Portland Press Herald.

Read the article.

Lang says the program searches for key words culled from about 8,000 child-pornography videos currently in circulation and that evidence recovered bolsters cases in which investigators may have confessions from suspects but no evidence.

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