Tampa man charged for lying under oath

"We call him Chester who defends the molesters," Judd said.

Chester Kwitowski
Chester Kwitowski

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Sheriff Grady Judd announced charges against 57-year-old Chester Kwitowski of Tampa for allegedly lying under oath about his certifications, education, and level of expertise when he appeared as a subject matter expert for the defense.

Judd announced the charges Thursday in Polk County during a press conference.

Chester Kwitowski
Chester Kwitowski

Judd said Kwitowski claimed to have testified in at least 50 state and federal cases in computer forensics including Tampa, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk. He was hired by clients to help get people off of charges, according to PCSO.

“We call him Chester who defends the molesters,” Judd said. ” When public defenders hired Kwitowski, taxpayers were paying for it. Taxpayers paid him to lie.”

Kwitowski is facing two counts Giving False Statements During Prosecution of Capital Felony, and three counts Giving False Statements In Official Proceeding (perjury).

According to the affidavit, Kwitowski appeared as a subject matter expert witness for the defense during five sexual battery on a minor and/or possession of child pornography jury trials/ depositions in the 10th Judicial Circuit. He provided sworn testimony that he has formal education and certifications including:

  • Master’s Degree from USF in Computer Science and Engineering;
  • Secret and Top Secret Clearance from the Federal Government;
  • An Officer in the U.S. Air Force;
  • Multiple computer forensics certifications from different software companies.

Detectives have determined that none of the above are true.

Kwitowski’s criminal history includes a 2001 arrest by HCSO for Battery, Domestic Violence; a 2003 arrest by HCSO for Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon; and a 2007 arrest by Pinellas Park PD for False Reports of Commission of Crime.

HIS TESTIMONIES

Kwitowski testified as a subject matter expert witness in the following trials, during which he swore to the following under oath:

  • September 14, 2016 – During the trial of Jason Daniels, who was charged and convicted by a jury of 5 counts capital sexual battery on a child under 12 years old, and 4 counts felony sexual battery on a child under 12 years old, Kwitowski swore under oath that he obtained a Master’s Degree from USF; was certified by En Case and Cisco; and held a Secret and Top Secret clearance. He did provide a false statement under oath during a capital felony proceeding, in violation of FSS 837.02(2) which is a second-degree felony.
  • September 7, 2016 – During a deposition prior to the trial of the aforementioned Jason Daniels, Kwitowski swore under oath that he obtained a Master’s Degree from USF; held certifications from Novell, En Case, and Cicso; served in the USAF from 1982-1986; was a computer forensics examiner in the military; and held a top secret clearance. He did provide a false statement under oath during a capital felony proceeding, in violation of FSS 837.02(2) which is a second-degree felony.
  • August 30, 2016 – During the jury trial of William Jason Teets, who was charged with six third-degree felonies (Possession of Child Pornography), Kwitowski swore under oath that he obtained a Master’s Degree from USF; held certifications from Novell, En Case, and Cicso; and was certified by the military in computer forensics. He did provide a false statement under oath in an official proceeding (commonly known as perjury), in violation of FSS 837.02(1) which is a third-degree felony.
  • June 8, 2016 – During a deposition prior to the trial of Dennis Morgan, who is charged with 13 felonies (Possession of Child Pornography), Kwitowski swore under oath that he obtained a Master’s Degree from USF; and held certifications from Novell, En Case, and Cicso. He did provide a false statement under oath in an official proceeding (commonly known as perjury), in violation of FSS 837.02(1) which is a third-degree felony.
  • November 20, 2014 – During the jury trial of Jesse Rittenhouse, who was charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Kwitowski swore under oath that he held certifications from Novell, En Case, and Cicso; he had a Master’s Degree; he spent five years in the USAF. He did provide a false statement under oath in an official proceeding (commonly known as perjury), in violation of FSS 837.02(1) which is a third-degree felony.

According to the website, Kwitowki is the President of Brightside Enterprises of Florida, Inc. a Tampa-based IT firm.

According to the site the company is known for “providing over 18 years of network, computer, communication, software, training and consulting support. Our professionals are able to assist you with any stage of planning to provide low-cost, robust network and computer information systems which will compliment or replace your current business infrastructure. Our specialists will introduce you to the latest Intranet and Internet applications to provide the most cost-effective solutions for your business needs. Collectively, we have over 96 years of computer and network systems experience using Novell, Unix, and Microsoft network systems, on a variety of computer platforms. We offer experience in both commercial off-the-shelf systems and custom design software including finance, accounting, information database, acquisition, manufacturing, production, and CAD/CAM interfaces. Additionally, our specialists are certified as expert witnesses in Federal and Civil court cases to support your legal needs on computer issues.”

Kwitowski is in the Polk County jail. Judd said he is giving Kwitowski a new degree title that isn’t a lie: social confinement engineer or SCE a.k.a. a prisoner.

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