Sacramento County Detective Wins Honor from International Organization

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High Technology Crime Investigation Association awards Case of the Year to Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Det. Eric Pahlberg

The International High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a consortium of law enforcement, private investigators and corporate security professionals, has awarded its annual “Case of the Year” honor to Det. Eric Pahlberg, an investigator with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, for his work leading to the capture of high-risk child pornography suspect Benjamin Kendrick.

Pahlberg first learned of Kendrick via routine proactive child pornography investigation. The suspect, a local resident, was found – among other offenses – to have been colluding with a female suspect in Brazil to rape, torture, and murder a child. As a result of Pahlberg's work and expertise, not only was the fugitive Kendrick captured, but two children in Brazil were identified and rescued from their abuser.

“Det. Pahlberg's work is an outstanding example of the commitment all our members have to their work in high tech crimes investigation,” said Todd Shipley, HTCIA International President. “At several points during his investigation, he could have decided that the evidence he collected was 'good enough.' But because he dug deeper, two offenders are off the Internet and off the streets.”

Pahlberg, who is also a member of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, said: “I am honored to receive this award from the HTCIA. I know this was just one case out of many that could have been recognized. It takes teamwork to make good cases and I am very fortunate to be associated with an excellent group of professional crime fighters. The cases investigated every day by all of our colleagues, at my Task Force and by other members of the HTCIA, are stopping predators and helping victims. That is what the HTCIA is all about.”

Pahlberg will formally accept the award at the HTCIA International Conference being held this year in Atlanta, GA. The conference, which runs from September 20-22, will also honor the association's Chapter of the Year and Member Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership. HTCIA is the largest organization worldwide dedicated to the advancement of training, education and information sharing information between law enforcement and corporate cybercrime investigators.


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