CCRA begins next step in the right direction

Last nights Board of Directors meeting went extremely well; appropriately structuring the Board, electing new positions and revising certain bylaws. At the time our President and Executive Director Matthew Baumgartner had a difficult decision to make between staying on the Board voluntarily or taking the Executive Director/CEO position full time paid. 

Before President Baumgartner’s resignation of his Board seat, he decided to nominate Vice President Stephen Bernardoni for the Presidential Chair. Mr. Bernardoni accepted the nomination running unopposed and was officially voted in by the board unanimously.

Legacy President Mr. Baumgartner made a speech during his resignation and had this to say;

“It has been my honor to serve this Agency as its President/Founder and Executive Director for seven great years! As we continue to grow there will be decisions that will need to be made and this is one of them. 

I feel it would be in the best interest of the Agency if I’m able to dedicate full-time to our operations as the CEO. In order for CCRA to exceed on the cusp of our success, it is imperative that my voice is still heard as a non-voting member of the board and to maintain a healthy partnership between the Office of the Director and Office of the President. 

My decision is not that I’d be stepping down, but of that to excel forward as I continue to mentor, guide and teach those coming into the Agency both on the board and in operations. Again, thank you for this opportunity and working so hard as a dedicated team. Together, we’ll stand against cyber crime world-wide!”

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CCRA holds business meeting with Wisconsin law enforcement agency


CCRA held its first meeting with a law enforcement agency last Friday, to establish a possible partnership and joint operation with their cyber investigations task force.

The sheriff’s department in Wisconsin, who’s name is currently being withheld until the partnership is signed into action, is seeking the assistance of CCRA due to their department’s cyber division being limited on manpower, resources and finances. The sheriff of the county was very eager and interested in this opportunity since the current company conducting their investigations is not serving the county in a satisfactory manner.

CCRA will be able to provide the necessary manpower and resources for this department for successful outcomes and prosecutions at a much lower cost. There might also be a possibility of CCRA creating sting operations with the department to assist with the apprehension of internet predators in their county.

More information will be provided later towards the end of the year. If approved, CCRA will start services with the county around January of 2017.

Safe Haven Award for Establishments

The CCRA Safe Haven Award was created in 2016 for businesses who believe they have what it takes to prevent child exploitation and bullying from occurring on their premises. Although it’s physically impossible to stop all forms of harassment and critical issues, the simple attempt to resolve all issues in a timely manner shows that a business tries to protect it’s youthful customers and visitors. Simply reporting those critical issues to law enforcement and security departments for resolution are sufficient enough resolutions.

Our organization is currently accepting applications for our yearly “Safe Haven Award”. After several observations of the activity around your establishment and a meeting with your administration or management, establishments have the opportunity to earn our “Safe Haven Award”, which declares their place of business a “safe area” from child exploitation, bullying and various other related issues.

Click here to apply for the Safe Haven Award

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Record Expungement for CCRA Executive Director

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As you might have read in May of 2016, CCRA wrote an article on the Executive Director, Matthew Baumgartner, who experienced the unfortunate events of the criminal justice system. Fortunately for him, this is no longer an experience he must live through.

Director Baumgartner performed an investigation in 2014, to recover a stolen cellular device for a client, who had no success with law enforcement tracking the phone. During the course of the investigation, in order for Director Baumgartner to locate and recover the device, he did what any investigator would do and contacted the service provider for assistance. As per phone company policy, Director Baumgartner was required to complete a customer release of consent form, which authorized Director Baumgartner to receive the information on the phone. The request was honored and the device was found and returned to it’s rightful owner.

Unfortunately, the document stated “law enforcement”, which Director Baumgartner made aware to the service representative. The received answer to that issue was for Baumgartner to not edit the form or scratch out words, such as law enforcement, even though he suggested and recommended so. The document had been stored away in the proper filing cabinet once the investigation concluded.

Later in 2014, a firefighter supervisor with Director Baumgartner’s local volunteer fire department, observed Baumgartner’s CCRA email signature and was curious to know if the agency had violated any charitable rights. A request to search the property for financial records of guilt was honored, no violations were found, however, the form Baumgartner completed regarding the stolen cellular device was found and picked up as evidence.

It was at that moment that detectives made a decision to charge Director Baumgartner with impersonating a police officer. The case went to court, then to trial, however, the district attorney’s office was unable to find sufficient evidence to find him guilty, which resulted in a plea bargain of “Accelerated rehab disposition”, which stated “Do not violate laws or be arrested for 6 months and your charges will be erased.”

Towards the end of May 2016 and after many months of successful completion of the ARD, Baumgartner’s attorney submitted documentation to all departments involved in the investigation, that they are ordered by court decision to destroy and erase all evidence and documentation of Baumgartner.

Now, in August 2016, CCRA is pleased to announce that the Director’s criminal record has been completely expunged and all charges erased as of July 2016. The agency has since gone through renovations to prevent any possibilities of this from occurring again, for any of it’s members.

Why I Volunteer For CCRA

Working for the Cyber Crime Response Agency has many pros and benefits. We wanted to know the details from the volunteers, so we asked one, Vice Executive Director Stephen Bernardoni.

Our interview helped us better understand the reason from the heart as to why these volunteers spend so much of their free time, dedicated to researching internet crimes. What we found were remarkable answers.

When did you join the agency?

I started working for the agency in 2010. I’d already worked for a previous agency similar to CCRA, however it wasn’t well established like CCRA.

What encouraged you to join the agency?

I’ve always been a people person and the Good Samaritan type. I’ve always helped my friends, tossed into crazy situations they can’t get out of. I don’t feel strangers are to be excluded from that type of assistance either.

What do you enjoy most about working for the agency?

The fact I’m able to do more than one type of job allows my boredom to stay at a minimum. One day I could be working on an investigation, then the next, I’m working on catching a nasty pedophile. There’s plenty of work to do around here.

What makes CCRA unique from other organizations?

We’re presently the only one of our kind in the United States. There are other organizations out there, referred to as “watch dog groups”, but we do more than just bring awareness and catch pedophiles in chat rooms. We actually provide investigation services, collect evidence and can help remove spyware and viruses.

What type of benefits could one receive in the agency?

There are plenty! We have discounts for credit unions and phone carriers. We also provide occasional commission pay for those who successfully resolve a case and provide in house training, as well as Homeland Security training. All come with certificates of completion.

What are some of the requirements one should expect, before applying?

There is a yearly membership due of $25, plus $13 a year for a background check. We do not accept anyone with a class B misdemeanor or higher, within 7 years and reject all applicants with felonies.

Six hours per week is the minimum number of hours allowed per week. This helps keep all volunteers in the loop of updates, so they aren’t clueless after several weeks.

What is your advice to those who are interested in joining?

Join! The membership due is cheap, compared to other nonprofit groups and the experience is great for a resume! Apply at http://www.ccra.agency.

CCRA Lead Director to Have Record Expunged


Executive Director Matthew Baumgartner is your average adult and entrepreneur, who’s always been in the business of investigations and Internet safety, starting his run in 2008 with merged non-profit, Civilians Against Online Predators. In 2010, Director Baumgartner created a new organization named Teens Against Cyber Crime. A few years later, that name was changed to Cyber Crime Response Agency. Everything seemed to be running smoothly until 2014.

Director Baumgartner has a large skill set, first proving himself in online decoy operations, then eventually creating his speciality in investigations. Director Baumgartner performed an investigation in 2014, to recover a stolen cellular device for a client, who had no success with law enforcement tracking the phone.

During the course of the investigation, in order for Director Baumgartner to locate and recover the device, he did what any investigator would do and contacted the service provider for assistance. As per phone company policy, Director Baumgartner was required to complete a customer release of consent form, which authorized Director Baumgartner to receive the information on the phone. The request was honored and the device was found and returned to it’s rightful owner.

Unfortunately, the document stated “law enforcement”, which Director Baumgartner made aware to the service representative. The received answer to that issue was for Baumgartner to not edit the form or scratch out words, such as law enforcement, even though he suggested and recommended so. The document had been stored away in the proper filing cabinet once the investigation concluded.

Later in 2014, a firefighter supervisor with Director Baumgartner’s local volunteer fire department, observed Baumgartner’s CCRA email signature and was curious to know if the agency had violated any charitable rights. A request to search the property for financial records of guilt was honored, no violations were found, however, the form Baumgartner completed regarding the stolen cellular device was found and picked up as evidence.

It was at that moment that detectives made a decision to charge Director Baumgartner with impersonating a police officer. The case went to court, then to trial, however, the district attorney’s office was unable to find sufficient evidence to find him guilty, which resulted in a plea bargain of “Accelerated rehab disposition”, which stated “Do not violate laws or be arrested for 6 months and your charges will be erased.”

Towards the end of May 2016 and after many months of successful completion of the ARD, Baumgartner’s attorney submitted documentation to all departments involved in the investigation, that they are ordered by court decision to destroy and erase all evidence and documentation of Baumgartner.

CCRA is pleased to report that Director Baumgartner has successfully cleared his name, will no longer have to admit to charges and that all news companies who partnered with the DA’s office, shall remove or edit all negative articles written on Director Baumgartner. The agency will now be able to return to normal and continue all operations as planned.