REPORT FROM THE FBI – Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s help in providing information that may identify an unknown male suspected of child sexual exploitation, possibly on Hawaii’s Big Island. A photograph and informational poster depicting the suspect are being disseminated to the public.
The suspect first came to the FBI’s attention in 2010 when a series of photographs surfaced on the internet depicting the suspect apparently engaging in graphic sex acts with two children: a four year old girl and nine year-old boy (approximate ages). These photos were circulated widely among various illegal internet forums for the sharing of child pornography.
Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children enhanced one of the photos to develop an image of what appears to be a 2008 Hawaiian Telcom phone book for Hawaii’s Big Island in the background.
This image led investigators to believe that the photos were taken between 2008 and 2010.
A desktop computer in the background of another photo leads investigators to conclude that the photo was likely not taken in a hotel room.
There are no other details linking the suspect to Hawaii. His identity and current whereabouts are unknown.
The pictured suspect appears to be a white male in his 40s with brown-grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information to provide should contact their local FBI office. The public is reminded that no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Special Agent Tom Simon, with the Honolulu office of the FBI, said today: “We’re comfortable saying that the suspect was probably on Hawaii’s Big Island between 2008 and 2010. He may have lived there, or he may have been a guest in someone’s home. For all we know, he may still be living in Hawaii.”
“Sadly, the FBI catches a lot of consumers and distributors of child pornography. This case is a rare opportunity for us to catch an actual producer of these disturbing images.”
“The graphic pictures of the suspect performing sex acts on two young children are an absolute nightmare. The fact that he’s still out there makes it even worse.”
“We are encouraging people to harness the power of social media to get the word out, so we can get this guy off the streets.”
“With help from the public, we are hoping that we can identify and catch this guy.”