The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to identify an unknown male who is suspected of sexually exploiting a child.
The FBI has released photos of the man, known only as “John Doe 28.”
According to the FBI, initial images and video of John Doe 28 engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012.
“Cases involving the sexual abuse of children are shocking to the conscience,” said FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. “When clues like this emerge, we need to band together as a community and a nation to identify the suspect and contact the FBI with tips.”
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with the FBI, successfully enhanced photos and discovered clues that investigators believe may lead to his identity.
“The video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side,” the FBI said in a statement.
The suspect is a Caucasian male, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses.
Simon said enhancing photos of child sex abusers has been a great tool to identify and capture suspects in these troubling cases.
“The photos of this suspect provide some concrete clues. The face, the t-shirt, the green wall, the blue chair, and the painting hopefully will identify him, so we can seek criminal charges and stop him from hurting more kids,” Simon said.
His identity and whereabouts are currently unknown, however, the FBI has asked Hawaii residents to be on alert.
“While we don’t know that this suspect is in Hawaii, the fact is that he has to be somewhere. As such, we are asking people to share his photos on social media, so we can get some meaningful tips,” Simon said. “Social media can act as a force multiplier for the FBI when we are seeking tips on a big case. Facebook and Twitter are catching way more criminals these days than pictures on the post office wall.”
Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This individual is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.