Gary Spurger, Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Gary Spurger has been in Law Enforcement for approximately 28 years and is currently with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as the Manager over the newly created High Tech Crime Unit and as a Captain in the Reserve Command.  Prior to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Gary spent 23 years with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office and created the first High Tech Crime Unit in Harris County.

Gary holds a Master Peace Officers License and is on the TCOLE appointed board which created the certification process for Cyber Crimes Investigators in the State of Texas and taught the first course in December 2010.  Gary has been a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force since 2005 and has been a past Deputy Commander for the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Before joining the law enforcement community in 1989 he worked as a systems Technician at Advanced Micro Devices and SEMAtech (Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies) in Austin Texas while attending South West Texas State University.  Gary is a graduate of the Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University’s Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Class #58 and has been a speaker for the Module I portion of the LCC at the Mayes School of Business located at Texas A&M.  Gary has testified on numerous bills before the Texas State Legislature in reference to cybercrime issues.

While in the High Tech Crimes Unit he has investigated numerous high profile cases involving internet crime and child sexual exploitation including the first female traveler case on record, the most years assessed in a single case of child exploitation in Harris County (suspect pled to 1020 years), worked the very first PlayStation 3 case in the United States where the suspect used the game console to sexual exploit a child.  He is trained in computer forensics, internet tracking, advanced malware investigations and mobile device forensics.  Gary is also an instructor in advanced peer to peer investigations for both the Child Protection Systems designed by the Child Rescue Coalition and Operation Roundup designed by the Pennsylvania State Police and University of Massachusetts. Gary’s team currently holds the world record in reference to the number of child sexual exploitation images recovered from a single suspect, over 24 million pictures, 17000 movies.

Gary has also successfully investigated numerous identity theft, breach of computer security, online impersonation and fraud schemes involving many complainants and multiple suspects across the United States and other countries in conjunction with the FBI, US Secret Service and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.