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MILWAUKEE - Special Agent Eric Szatkowski was recognized today by United States Attorney Jim Santelle during a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Presentation at the Historic Federal Courthouse.
Special Agent Szatkowski is nationally recognized for his work in the area of Internet Crimes Against Children and was recognized by U.S. Attorney Santelle as someone who has provided exceptional services to victims.
"My congratulations to Eric. His efforts to prevent victimization and hold offenders accountable are driven by concerns for victims," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "This recognition is well deserved."
Eric has been a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) since 1991. He's currently assigned to the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee. Eric's law enforcement experience also includes murder-for-hire, cold-case homicides, death investigations, anti-government groups, fugitives, and narcotics enforcement.
Since 1999, Eric has become one of the nation's leading officers in apprehending sexual predators of children who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children. He has been responsible for the arrest of approximately 150 men from Wisconsin and around the nation, most of whom traveled various distances to have sex with what they believed to be an underage boy or girl. Eric's arrests also include those who sexually assault children, distribute, possess, and/or manufacture child pornography, and expose children to harmful materials.
Eric's dynamic presentations on Internet crimes against children have been seen by more than 140,000 people in Wisconsin and the U.S. Audiences include police officers, prosecutors, child welfare advocates, correctional and social workers, civic groups, business professionals, doctors, parents, and middle school and high school students. He has been interviewed on national television about Internet predators on both the Tyra Banks Show in Los Angeles, and CNN Tonight with Connie Chung in New York City, and has been interviewed by countless newspapers, radio and television stations.
His presentations inspired the drafting and passage of new legislation in Wisconsin in 2006, Assembly Bill 942. This law significantly increased the levels of felonies for online child exploitation, increased maximum prison penalties, and implemented presumptive minimum prison terms for online predators. Eric has also testified in court as an expert in the online sexual exploitation of children, and has provided assistance to dozens of law enforcement agencies in this area of police work.
Eric's work has been recognized by many organizations, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators. Some of Eric's cases have been featured in numerous media outlets, including Cold Case Files, People Magazine, and MSNBC Investigates. He has been interviewed on Internet predators by dozens of television and radio stations, newspapers, and magazines.
Before his law enforcement career, Eric spent seven years in broadcast journalism. He was a news reporter, anchor and producer, working at TV stations in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, and Madison. He graduated with honors in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in mass communication.