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R.I. K-9 Sniffs Out Child Porn Storage Devices

July 08, 2014  | 

The recent arrival of golden Labrador Thoreau makes Rhode Island the second state in the nation to have a police dog trained to sniff out hard drives, thumb drives, and other technological gadgets that could contain child pornography, reports the Providence Journal.

Thoreau received 22 weeks of training in how to detect devices in exchange for food at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy.

Given to the Rhode Island State Police by the Connecticut State Police, the dog assisted in its first search warrant in June pinpointing a thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. That discovery led the police to secure an arrest warrant.

"If it has a memory card, he'll sniff it out," Detective Adam Houston, Thoreau's handler, says.

Tags: Child Pornography, Rhode Island State Police, K-9 Units, Connecticut State Police


Comments (3)

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TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 7/9/2014 8:45 AM

I was a MWD handler in the service and trained them on explosives, narcotics and finding humans. Now days training has progressed substantially to fulfill all kinds of requirements. Good job ladies and gentlemen trainers.

Hank @ 7/9/2014 10:57 AM

So dogs can sniff out specific types of digital data now? Why not train them to sniff out computer viruses?

Sorry, but this smells like pure bunk.

Jelly @ 7/10/2014 3:51 PM

I would rather have the dog sniff out the guy making/collecting the child porn and rip his fucking face off.

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