Judd: Fake expert witness testified in several cases

Polk County deputies arrested a man who posed as an expert in numerous court cases.

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WTSP) -- On paper, Chester Kwitowski's resume is impressive and helped him be an expert witness in several cases. The only problem? Sheriff Grady Judd said a lot of it's just not true.

Kwitowski is facing charges for making up his resume and lying under oath. He served as an expert witness in at least five sexual abuse and child pornography cases.

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


According to the Sheriff, Kwitowski claimed to have a master's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of South Florida, top secret clearance with the government, served as an officer in the Air Force and computer forensics certifications from various companies.

None of that’s true, Judd said.

“He damaged the validity of the criminal justice system with his lies,” Judd said.

Kwitowski also claims to have testified in federal and state courts on more than 50 occasions, and worked for public defenders and private law firms in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties.

“He projects himself as this expert, but he does have experience being locked up,” Judd said.

Kwitowski has been arrested three times since 2001 for domestic violence, battery and false report of a crime.
Still, it seems none of the lawyers caught that before using him as an expert witness.

It's not clear how Kwitowski's testimony affected any of those cases.
 


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