SALT LAKE CITY -- Benjamin Lee, special agent for the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, was named Employee of the Year for 2011 on Tuesday.
Lee, a Syracuse resident, was a key player in the state's largest child pornography sting earlier this year.
Outside of that, Lee co-created a computer search tool that allows investigators to find child pornography without damaging the forensic integrity of a computer, according to the Utah Attorney General's Office. It is now used by 61 ICAC task forces across the country.
He also built a "wireless sniffer" and a forensic evidence recovery device for a fifth of the price it would have cost to buy them.
Assistant Attorney General Kristine Knowlton, an Ogden resident, also was honored as the 2011 Attorney of the Year.
They received their awards at a ceremony in the state Capitol.