As a reporting intern at the Burlington Free Press, I told the story of Mojo, who is a member of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He uses his nose to detect an industry secret acid found in small electronic devices that are usually hidden and contain child pornography.
The story of Mojo the porn dog is one of redemption.
After he flunked out of service dog training for being too goofy, it was unclear what the yellow Labrador would do next. But, shortly thereafter, he was adopted by Todd Jordan, the man who trained the dog that helped put longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle behind bars.
“He was one of my favorite dogs,” Jordan said of Mojo. “He’s comical, just a really good personality.”
While Mojo may have a good sense of humor, and his colloquial job title “porn dog” may prompt a chuckle, he has been charged with one of the most unfunny, serious jobs in law enforcement: putting those in possession of child pornography behind bars.
Since January of this year, Mojo has been an active member of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He uses his nose to detect an industry secret acid found in small, digital storage devices — USBs, micro SD cards, external hard drives, et al. — that may be hidden in a suspect’s home and contain child pornography.
Mojo has deployed on 22 search warrants, and in 11 of those instances, he found devices missed by human searchers, said Detective Matthew Raymond, who commands the task force and is also Mojo’s handler.
The article was accompanied by a video produced by Ryan Mercer. The voice over you hear is mine. You can watch it here: