POSTED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 4:06pm
FBI — The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to stop a child predator.
The man the FBI is looking for is currently known only as John Doe 27. Video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were discovered online in April 2013 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and those images are still circulating in child pornography forums across the Internet.
The video shows a glimpse of John Doe 27, which investigators hope will lead to his identification—and the recovery of the exploited child. “These types of individuals typically don’t stop with one victim,” said Special Agent Shanna Daniels, who is investigating the case. “That’s why we need to catch him before other children are victimized.”
Working with NCMEC, investigators in our Violent Crimes Against Children program have enhanced images from the video showing John Doe 27’s face and other details. For example, the subject and the victim appear to be inside a residence with a distinct plaid chair in a corner—a chair that someone familiar with the house might easily recognize. And based on audio recovered from the video, it is believed that the subject may have referred to himself as “Jimmy” and may have been speaking with a Southern accent.
Do you recognize this chair?
Daniels said it is important to note that there are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the country. “The only thing we can say for certain is that this guy is an offender,” she added, “and we need to stop him.”
The efforts to identify and apprehend John Doe 27 are part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives and represent a longstanding partnership with NCMEC. Operation Rescue Me identifies child victims of sexual exploitation by using sophisticated image analysis to obtain evidence. ECAP seeks public and media assistance to help identify the John and Jane Does who display their faces—and other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos—in pornographic pictures and videos.
Since the inception of ECAP in 2004, 27 John/Jane Does have been investigated and 17 have been successfully identified and prosecuted. These cases have led to the identification of more than 29 child victims.
Daniels, who has worked child exploitation cases for two years, noted that asking for the public’s assistance can produce powerful results. “Thanks to media exposure and the public’s help,” she said, “the first two cases I worked on were solved within 24 hours of publicizing the subjects’ pictures.” She added, “It’s extremely gratifying to get these offenders off the streets—and we couldn’t be as successful as we have been without the support of concerned citizens.”
John Doe 27 appears to be a white male, possibly in his 40's or 50's, with dark hair and dark eyes. Anyone with information about this individual should submit a tip on our website or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.