SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Chad Platt’s family is still waiting for answers.

Twenty months ago, the deputy Salt Lake district attorney committed suicide days after being the target of a child pornography investigation.

“We believe in Chad’s innocence,” said his brother Shawn Platt.

Chad Platt jumped to his death two days after a raid by members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.  A judge issued a warrant after ICAC showed the court evidence that Platt was viewing child pornography on his computer.

“Any child pornography is reprehensible it’s abhorrent,” said his brother.  “But we don’t believe Chad did that.

He said the attorney general’s office rejected their request to see the evidence.  News4Utah also filed a GRAMA request but it was denied on the grounds of “an ongoing investigation.”


“It just seems to be going on and on and we just want some answers,” Platt said. “If you think Chad did this, we would like to know the evidence.”

Chad Platt was never arrested and to date ICAC has never disclosed what they found on his computers.  

The family appealed to the state records division in an effort to see the results.

In a letter to the state records, the commander of the Utah Attorney General’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce, Jessica Farnsworth offered a timetable of the investigation to date.

She told the State Records Committee that during the May 2016 raid, they were “unable to locate the iPad belonging to the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office.”

ICAC soon learned the iPad was in Arizona in possession of Platt’s sister.

“I was instructed to send investigators to Arizona to retrieve the device,” wrote Farnsworth.

After gaining custody of the iPad in September 2016, it was turned over to the Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensic Lab.

“The (lab) maintained custody of the device until early December 2017 when the (lab) notified the Utah Attorney General’s Office that they were unable to gain access to the device.”

The iPad was then sent to Cellbrite, LTD in December 2016 and asked to unlock the device for examination.

On April 12, 2018, Farnsworth said the second lab received an answer from Dellbrite.

The investigations division of the attorney general’s office “is currently in the process of concluding its investigation report.”

“It’s insulting to think that this iPad which is a work iPad that he uses at work, that that’s the smoking gun,” said Platt’s brother. “We don’t believe it.”

He said no employee would dare download child pornography on a computer owned by their boss.

“You need to be very careful before you destroy a man’s life and just the accusation itself will destroy someone,” Shawn Platt said.  “That’s why Chad took his own life.”

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office said their investigation is nearly complete.

“The investigation is still open, but is close to completion,” Cindy Reinhard, a spokesman for the office said in an email.  “It looks like it will wrap up later this week or early next week.”