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Wounded special-ops veterans take on new enemy: child porn

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    Wounded special-ops veterans take on new enemy: child porn

    By Melissa Jacobs
    Published July 25, 2014
    FoxNews.com
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      Oskar Zepeda was a sharpshooter in the Army, but now takes aim at child pornographers.
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    Oskar Zepeda lost his childhood dream of being a soldier on Sept. 8, 2011, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, but he's found a new way to continue serving his country -- and protect its children.
    Leading a team whose nighttime mission was kill or capture a deadly Taliban commander, Zepeda was clearing a house when an insurgent pulled the pin on a grenade. “I heard a boom and then I couldn’t see or feel anything. My body wasn’t responding to what my mind was telling it to do,” recalled Zepeda.


    “I can still smell the blood, the smoke and hear the chaos,” said the former Ranger sharpshooter and U.S. Army Special Operations staff sergeant.
    After nine deployments, Zepeda, 29, was maimed and near death when he awoke three days later at a military hospital in Germany. He would undergo dozens of surgeries, with more still ahead. He was lucky to keep all four limbs after devastating leg and arm injuries. Yet, he says, he would not change a thing.
    It’s this rare warrior's mindset which is being tapped for a bold new mission forged by a private-public partnership which has Zepeda setting his sights on a new enemy, and using computer forensics in the battle against child pornography.
    "From my first case, I was hooked chasing bad guys."
    - Oskar Zepeda, former Army Ranger​
    Aptly dubbed “HERO,” the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative is being developed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Special Operations Command in conjunction with the National Association to Protect Children. The idea grew out of a chance conversation between a child advocate and an FBI agent about equipping wounded elite soldiers with high-tech computer forensics training and law enforcement skills to assist federal agents in their fight against online child sexual exploitation.
    The intensive training kicks off with four weeks at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, followed by six weeks of computer forensics training in Virginia and an embedded internship assisting HSI special agents with criminal cases and prosecutions.

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