Mr. Oettinger is retired United States Marine (Reserve) CID Agent, a retired Detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, a former Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program Senior Consultant to the State Department, a former Technical Trainer at the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy and a current Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University College.
Mr. Oettinger received his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University, a Master’s of Science with a concentration in Homeland Security Administration from Tiffin University and a Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics from Marshall University.
The International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) has certified Mr. Oettinger as Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and as an Investigative Specialist. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) as well as an EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI). He maintains both Network+ and CompTia certifications and is a Senior Information Security Instructor. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Digital Forensic Examinations and has testified in state, federal and in military courts.
From 1984 through 2015, Mr. Oettinger served as a U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve) Criminal Investigative Division Agent, finishing his career as an Operations Chief. He managed CID Agents assigned to Criminal Investigation Division, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA, provided forensic analysis and data recovery on drive and memory images, collected and analyzed intelligence data related to criminal activities and reviewed and directed over 40 felony level criminal investigations.
In his civilian capacity, Mr. Oettinger was a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer from 1993 through 2014, finishing his career as a Detective and certified Digital Forensic Examiner. Mr. Oettinger held assignments in the Sexual Assault Detail and was the primary investigator for over 500 allegations of sexual assault in the Las Vegas metro area. He also served in the Electronic Crimes Unit and was the principal investigator for over 100 investigations ranging from homicide, child pornography, child exploitation, sexual assault, fraud, and forgery.
From 2007 until 2017, he served as an Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program Senior Consultant to the U.S. Department of State. In that role, he provided guidance in the creation of policies and procedures for the Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie, La Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale, Bahrain State Police and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. He conducted advanced consultations concerning emerging technologies and consulted host countries on program development, budget preparation, and the development of policies and procedures for the creation and implementation of electronic crime investigation units and digital evidence processing facilities.
From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Oettinger was a Technical Trainer at the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA). As a Technical Trainer, he developed content for cyber-crime classes for the Department of Defense and provided instruction for cyber-crime tracks such as technology fundamentals, forensic collection, and digital evidence, digital media examinations and networking concepts.
Since 2014, Mr. Oettinger has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University College. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor, he teaches master’s level classes in Cyber Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics (CSEC 650) and Digital Forensic Investigations (CSEC 661). Topics for both classes range from computer and network forensics, collection, acquisition, authentication, and preservation of evidence, preparing depositions and recovering information from encrypted or deleted sources.
With over thirty years of law enforcement experience, Mr. Oettinger has real-world insight into how the government conducts its investigations and how to limit our client’s liabilities. He is tremendously experienced in obtaining the key evidence and witness testimony necessary to obtain a winning result. He travels frequently to assist the firm’s attorneys in crime scene investigations, witness interviews, and trial preparation – including testimony as an expert witness.
Mr. Oettinger has the ability to forensically secure and examines evidence from digital media – including cell phones, tablets, and computers. Often times, evidence which is located on a client’s cell phone, such as text messages, photographs, videos or metadata, can be the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. The firm’s digital forensic capabilities rival those of CID, NCIS, and DCFL. Should it become necessary to present the evidence in court, Mr. Oettinger can testify as an expert witness in a trial, or be utilized to build devastating cross-examination questions for the government experts.
Mr. Oettinger is married with three daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, tactical shooting, and spending time with his family.