Aug 6, 2016
Retired agent Bea DeFazio served in the FBI for 23 years, seven as a member of the Special Surveillance Group (SSG) following spies in New York, and 16 as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bea DeFazio is interviewed about working Innocent Images cases, going undercover online to catch child predators trolling in computer chat rooms to sexually exploit children and exchange images of abuse. During the last half of her agent career, she posed online as a child or teen and engaged in conversations with child predators in an attempt to gather the evidence to identify them and arrest them for exchanging child pornography—more appropriately labeled child sexual exploitation images—and/or soliciting in-person contact for sex. Bea says that this emotionally difficult work was by far the most rewarding she did for the Bureau. She also talked about her collateral duties as a member of the Evidence Response Team (ERT) and, immediately after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers, working at the Fresh Kills land fill sifting through debris for evidence, personal items belonging to victims and human body parts.