Over the past eight years, most major metropolitan police forces have begun fielding online investigation units.
But the breadth of Smith's criminal
investigations and the range of his online personas make him something of a virtuoso in the cyber-gumshoe world. "I am an Internet Sybil," he says. While Smith's two partners, Travis Rapp and Michael Gischner, tend to concentrate on cracking online identity-theft rings, Smith is just as happy to spend his days in the chat rooms, juggling multiple online identities, bumping into naive little girls, and coaxing information from young women, drug dealers, insecure teenage boys and, of course, no shortage of predatory men.