[WATCH’] Ex-Cop in Prison for Possessing Child Porn to Remain in Jail Until He Decrypts Drives

Francis Rawls has remained in prison since 30th September 2015 for refusing to abide by the judicial order of decrypting two hard drives owned by him. These hard drives supposedly contain crucial evidence of child-porn and were confiscated from Rawls’ residence.

Rawls, who served as a cop for Philadelphia police before being sacked and imprisoned, has been jailed for about two years now and will remain behind bars until he appeals to the US Supreme Court. For two years, the former cop tried to convince lower courts that his confinement was a violation of his constitutional rights as observed under the Fifth Amendment.

According to Ars Technica, the investigation against Rawls started in 2015 at a time when the Delaware County’s criminal investigation in child porn case was underway. The investigators got a hint of involvement of Rawls in child sexual abuse case after inspecting his online activities.

The unit acquired a warrant to search the residence of Two iPhones, two external hard drives and an Apple Mac Pro were found at his residence, and a warrant was issued for examination of their content. However, Rawls refused to provide the passwords of his hard drives, which were encrypted with Apple’s FileVault. This didn’t stop digital forensics experts from identifying content that was enough to convict Rawls.

The identified content included images of a teen girl in sexually objectionable poses and data of links used to visit child exploitation websites. Further investigation revealed that Rawls had downloaded thousands of documents bearing Hash Value that was known for associated with child abuse images.

These documents couldn’t be accessed. Rawls’ sister also informed investigators that she had viewed hundreds of child sexual abuse images on the confiscated hard drives. After credible evidence was acquired, the court issued a decryption order in August 2015 to force Rawls to provide the password of devices, according to The Guardian.

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