Michael Bazzell is the Computer Crime Detective for the Alton, Illinois Police Department. Since 1997, he has handled all cases involving any type of Computer Crime and Computer Forensic Analysis, including several State and Federal cases throughout the Metro-East St. Louis area. In 2005, Michael was assigned full time to the FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force, where he continues to investigate Federal cases being prosecuted by the United State’s Attorney’s Office. He is also a part time instructor for Lewis & Clark College teaching Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, and Computer Investigation. Since 2002 he has been an active member of the elite Technical Operations Group of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, and served five years as the Director of the Metro-East Regional Computer Crime Enforcement Group under the authority of the Illinois Attorney General. As an active member of these organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech crime investigations including online child solicitation, manufacture of child pornography, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, and high level internet bank intrusions.
In his free time, he is a published photographer, freelance writer, and studio musician.