Sex Crimes

Indiana team that raided Fogle's home used mobile laboratory, special investigation techniques

  • In this Aug 19, 2015 photo, Assistant US Attorney Steven D. DeBrota, right, and Indianapolis Police chief Richard Hite, discuss the child pornography case against Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle following his hearing in Indianapolis.    The extensive investigation that led this week to longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreeing to plead guilty to sex and child pornography crimes shines the brightest spotlight yet on an Indiana task force devoted to pursuing crimes against children that is one of the nation's most aggressive and effective child pornography hunters. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    In this Aug 19, 2015 photo, Assistant US Attorney Steven D. DeBrota, right, and Indianapolis Police chief Richard Hite, discuss the child pornography case against Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle following his hearing in Indianapolis. The extensive investigation that led this week to longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreeing to plead guilty to sex and child pornography crimes shines the brightest spotlight yet on an Indiana task force devoted to pursuing crimes against children that is one of the nation's most aggressive and effective child pornography hunters. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE – In this July 7, 2015 file photo Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle leaves a mobile evidence-gathering lab outside of his home as Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Det. Darin Odier holds the door, in Zionsville, Ind.  The extensive investigation that led this week to longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreeing to plead guilty to sex and child pornography crimes shines the brightest spotlight yet on an Indiana task force devoted to pursuing crimes against children that is one of the nation's most aggressive and effective child pornography hunters.  (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

    FILE – In this July 7, 2015 file photo Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle leaves a mobile evidence-gathering lab outside of his home as Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Det. Darin Odier holds the door, in Zionsville, Ind. The extensive investigation that led this week to longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreeing to plead guilty to sex and child pornography crimes shines the brightest spotlight yet on an Indiana task force devoted to pursuing crimes against children that is one of the nation's most aggressive and effective child pornography hunters. (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via AP)  (The Associated Press)

When they arrived at Jared Fogle's home last month, law enforcement officials were armed with more than a search warrant: They rolled up with a mobile forensics laboratory that has revolutionized how Indiana investigates child-exploitation and pornography crimes and helped make the state a national model.

The custom-built lab lets investigators preview data before computers or devices are shut off or erased. It also saves time compared with the old method of copying their contents.

But the lab is not the only reason the central Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task force is widely considered the nation's best. The group has also perfected a method of following cyber trails to find offenders and victims in other states and countries.

The task force includes local, state and federal agencies.