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Former High Tech Crimes Head in Court

4-11 jbo moulinMEDFORD, Ore. – The founder and former head of the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force is appearing in the Jackson County court to face charges of misconduct.

Former lieutenant Josh Moulin is defending his case nearly two years after leaving the job. Moulin served as the head of the High Tech Crimes Task Force until May, 2012. He resigned on “non-disciplinary paid administrative leave,” presumably due to the investigation.

But he says he still isn’t exactly sure why the charges were filed or what they’re for.

During an arraignment today Moulin pleaded not guilty to two counts of computer crime and one count of official misconduct while on the job. He and his defense council say the state never revealed what evidence they have against them until today.

He says they’re currently looking at it, but can’t form a defense until they’re done because they don’t know for sure why those charges have been filed.

“It’s all going to boil down to what’s in that information that we got from the state today as to how we’re going to proceed,” said Moulin. “I can tell you that we are going to vigorously defend this.”

Moulin says he suspects the charges relate to a misunderstanding over how he returned his equipment when he left the task force. The Oregon Department of Justice alleges he knowingly committed those crimes while on the job.

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  1. Step Up says:

    Generally it seems this task force usually does a thorough and good job. However, how about the unresolved rest of the ‘Operation Internet Angel’ child pornography sweep during the week of 10/17/2011? The suspect, who was the sole resident, at the Holly Street home raid in Medford. That raid is featured in photo number 2 of the ‘Neighborhood Watch’, article on 10/23/2011 in the Mail Tribune. That suspect already on felony probation fled, jumped statelines, and when finally apprehended close to 9 months later in Siskiyou County, CA in July 2012, on his warrant for absconding his interstate compact felony supervision when he fled the task force, tried blaming others in order to successfully escape the child pornography accountability. It seems it has been easiest for the current task force to just give up on their case even after they finally completed the forensic analysis several more months later in 2013, on his computers they seized in his home during that 2011 child pornography sweep, and found in their analysis the child pornography they had came to his home for and seized in the first place. I’m sure this task force must understand the strong and loud message that an ‘all you need to do to escape accountability’ type of decision would send to offenders. Whether Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force will complete that job they started, after having found that child pornography, remains to be seen and this task force should not need to be publicly challenged to thoroughly complete that job. A link to the aforementioned news article and photos: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111023/NEWS/110230389/0/SEARCH

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