Named 'Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year' for work in child pornography case
By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- A local detective received a distinguished award on Wednesday, Sept. 25, for his outstanding service to the Palm Bay community.
Palm Bay Police Detective Greg Guillette was named "Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" by U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer at a special ceremony in Fort Lauderdale.
Detective Guillette was presented with this honor for his role in the successful arrest and federal prosecution of a suspect in a child pornography case.
"I am very proud of the work Greg and all of our personnel do on behalf of the citizens in Palm Bay and Brevard County to foster the teamwork and bring criminals to justice," said Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon. "I have received compliments for the United States Secret Service in the past for the work Greg has put forth on many cases. This one case highlights many of Greg's accomplishments."
Also included in the award were Department of Homeland Security Agent Ivan Camacho and Sebastian Police Sgt. Jason Mills.
In 2011, Sebastian Police contacted Detective Guillette and requested his help with a forensic investigation involving a suspect, who was allegedly making bombs inside his residence.
During the investigation, Detective Guillette and Sgt. Mills uncovered that the suspect, Andrew Hallock, 28, of Sebastian, was also involved with child pornography.
A forensic examination of Mr. Hallock's computer revealed hundreds of pornographic photos and videos, many of which involved prepubescent minors, engaging in sexual conduct.
Authorities also said there was evidence of arranged sexual meetings with underage victims by Mr. Hollock.
Detective Guillette is nationally certified in computer forensics through the Department of Homeland Security, as well as being trained by the U.S. Secret Service in cyber-investigative techniques to solve crimes using digital evidence.
The U.S. Attorney filed federal charges involving receipt of child pornography against Mr. Hollock.
In June 2012, Mr. Hollock pleaded guilty, facing up to 20 years in prison, as well as a lifetime of supervision upon release.
The case was made federal, as part of the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Once the case became federal, Agent Camacho assumed the lead role in the investigation.