Family of former prosecutor who committed suicide wants apology

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The family of a former prosecutor who was under investigation for child pornography now wants an apology.

Last week, News4Utah reported that the case against Chad Platt was officially closed by the Attorney General’s office.

This after investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC) said they found no evidence the child porn they found being downloaded at his home belonged to him.

But the head of the investigations division said Platt wasn’t “cleared but there were many questions” left unanswered.

ICAC reached this conclusion after failing to crack the password of Platt’s work-issued iPad.  The device belonged to the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office.  During the past two years, computer experts did not find any evidence of child porn on the computers they seized during a raid of Platt’s home in 2016.

Following that raid, the former prosecutor with the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office took his own life.

Since then, Platt’s family requested details of the investigation and the attorney general’s office released the 1,100-plus page report late last week.

“We feel vindicated,” said Shawn Platt, a brother to the former prosecutor.  “We’ve said all along that the attorney general’s office found no evidence against Chad. They knew this all along, they were unwilling to share that with the public in Salt Lake City.

Platt said investigators “destroyed a man” and blamed his death on them.  He said they are considering their options in terms of setting the record straight.  But he said the attorney general’s office can start with an apology.

“What we do have (documents released) says, they didn’t find anything and Chad is innocent and we would like an apology from the attorney general’s office,” the brother said.

Ric Cantrell with the Attorney General’s office said they stand by their investigation.  In a prepared statement he said:  “Child pornography distributed from Mr. Platt’s home was shared directly with law enforcement investigators. Two independent investigations, conducted by two separate agencies, report the same thing: someone in Mr. Platt’s residence was downloading and distributing child pornography. Further, the investigation revealed no evidence that anyone other than Chad Platt was staying at the residence.  The images distributed from Mr. Platt’s home were child pornography.  The possession or distribution of these images is criminal. We had crystal clear probable cause, cross-checked and verified, to execute the warrant. Our hearts mourn for the loss of a friend and colleague, but that does not change the tragic facts of the investigation or our duty to pursue that investigation.  Our mission is to protect children. The ICAC Team did their duty with fidelity and excellence. We stand by their work.

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