Digital forensics professor will help Cabell County fight Internet crimes against children, child pornography

HNN Staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Marshall University faculty member has

been appointed to work with the Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to fight Internet crimes against children and child pornography.

John E. Sammons, an assistant professor of digital forensics in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, will begin work immediately as a part-time investigator, according to Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor. During this morning’s meeting of the Cabell County Commission, members voted unanimously to support the new position.

Sammons, a father of two daughters and a former police officer for the City of Huntington, said he is eager to share his expertise in digital forensics to help protect the children in his community.

“The exploitation of children via the Internet is a huge and tragic problem and, unfortunately, Cabell County isn’t unique,” Sammons said. “This is not just a state or national problem. This is an ongoing global tragedy that impacts our local community. Our goal is to work with other law enforcement agencies to combat this problem and protect our children.”

In addition to his faculty position at Marshall, Sammons is the director and founder of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence, which provides training and research to digital forensics, electronic discovery, first responders and network/information security.

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