Assistant Professional Specialist
Eric Tamashasky is a chief deputy prosecutor with the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Eric was a deputy prosecutor with the office from 2004-2011 before he returned in 2015 in a part-time capacity. Eric has experience prosecuting major felonies, including homicides, computer crimes, and white-collar offenses. In 2019, Eric returned full-time as a chief deputy for the office.
From 2011 to 2018, Eric was the Legal Advisor for the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Police Department. As part of that role, he was also deputized as a law enforcement officer where he conducted investigations into cybercrime. Eric is also responsible for oversight over the county’s Cybercrime Unit, where he also assisted in investigations as a law enforcement officer and charged and prosecuted the cases generated by the Unit as a deputy prosecutor. The Cybercrime Unit itself is a partnership between the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, St. Joseph County Police, and the University of Notre Dame. It deals predominantly with cybercrimes committed against children and also offers digital evidence forensic services for the various law enforcement agencies in our community, including the county’s multi-jurisdictional specialty units such as Metro Homicide, the Special Victims Unit, and the Drug Investigation Unit. The Cybercrimes Unit receives support from the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, the FBI Cybercrimes Taskforce, and the United States Secret Service. Further, the Cybercrimes Unit now partners with the Computing and Digital Technologies program at the University of Notre Dame to provide a work-study opportunity for a number of undergraduate students to work within the Unit doing cybercrimes investigations as sworn law enforcement alongside the fulltime personnel.
Eric presents on cybersafety and cybercrime issues to local organizations and schools. Since 2013, he has presented to over 30,000 people on the topic. His background in cybercrimes includes training by the United States Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Eric is also a trainer for Safer Schools Together (SST)—a North American company that consists of subject matter experts on violence prevention, safe schools, and critical incident response—where he presents a one-day course on digital threat assessment on behalf of SST.
Eric has degrees from Hillsdale College (B.A. in Economics), Ohio State (M.A. in Economics), and Notre Dame Law School (J.D.). Eric served as Faculty at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, South Carolina and taught Courtroom Technology to prosecutors from around the country at the NAC. He has presented at conferences across the country, including for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council, the Indiana Department of Education, the Michigan Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, and the St. Joseph County Bar Association. Eric published an article in the Journal of Legislation entitled “The Lewis Carroll Offense: The Ever-Changing Meaning of ‘Corruptly’ within the Federal Criminal Law.” He currently teaches a course entitled “Cybercrime and the Law” at the University of Notre Dame each fall and also teaches graduate level courses in criminal justice for Trine University.
Office: 834 Flanner Hall
CDT 40220 Cybercrime and the Law (CAPP 40620)