Ingham also asked Schroeder if he ever told his client that he had illegal pictures with the alleged victim that clearly showed Boutwell, even though the person in question is not identifiable in the photographs. Schroeder replied affirmatively and admitted that Boutwell continued to maintain his innocence.
Tuesday morning, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Ward Crawley was called to the stand to discuss photographs he found on one of the computers seized from the victim’s home Jan. 27, 2012. Crawley has served in the cyber unit as a forensic computer examiner as part of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for the past seven years. The witness detailed his use of EnCase software to search the devices for any contraband images.
“In this case we were looking for pictures of child pornography,” Crawley said.
Crawley received two desktop computers, a laptop computer, two flashdrives and a digital camera with an SD card. He told the court that after examining all of the devices, he found contraband images only on the computer tower identified as police evidence item No. 6, also identified as the “guest computer” Boutwell admitted to using.
Crawley explained to the jurors that whenever a person deletes an item from his computer, that item remains in “unallocated space” until something else uses that space. With software available to him, he is able to retrieve those deleted items that have not been cleared.
“It could be there forever. It just depends how big the hard drive is and how much data needs to be stored,” Crawley said.
Crawley detailed files found in both the allocated and unallocated spaces on the computer, which fit the conversation Schroeder testified he had with the defendant. He recovered two resumes with Boutwell’s name with the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org listed as a contact for him.