PDT Staff Writer
The Cincinnati office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is hoping you will take a close look at a picture it has released. The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.
The photograph depicts an individual known only as John Doe 27. The photo was taken from a video in which the man was engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child. The images were first reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of this year. The FBI says the images are still being circulated in numerous child pornography forums across the internet.
Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced a number of photos depicting John Doe 27 and believe there are several clues which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, images depict the subject and the victim inside a residence with a distinct plaid chair, male pattern baldness on the back of the subject’s head, and a ring on the subject’s right ring finger. Based on audio which can be heard from the video, it is believed that the individual may have referred to himself as “Jimmy.”
There are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.
The suspect appears to be a Caucasian male, possibly in his 40s or 50s, with dark hair and dark eyes. 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. 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.
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