Eric, tell us a bit about your background and how you became an investigator.
I was a police officer with the Phoenix Police Department in Arizona for 24 years. 15 years of that was working with crimes against children. But even before that, when I started off on the Vice squad, I knew I wanted to be an investigator. Going to Vice was a stepping stone for me – a way to learn how to go undercover, how to handle cases, how to take on a case load.
How did you get involved with CSA investigations?
In 2001, our police department got a charter with the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce (ICAC), which is one of 61 federal taskforces in the United States. I tested to go there – mostly because of the technology. I did the job from 2001 to 2005. By then I needed a break.