Wanted by the FBI: Juan Paulino-Cantero


May 5, 2016

Juan Paulino-Cantero, an accused child sex offender is on the lam and the FBI needs your tips to help find him.


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: An accused child sex offender is on the lam and the FBI needs your tips to help find him.

Juan Paulino-Cantero is wanted for the sexual battery of a 13-year-old girl who knew and trusted him.

It happened last November when Paulino-Cantero, a Mexican citizen, was illegally living in Clearwater, Florida.

Case Agent Susann Dreiling says shortly after the assault, Paulino-Cantero…

Susann Dreiling: …instructed her not to tell anybody and paid her $70 cash in order to keep quiet about what had happened.

Halpern: The girl’s mother filed an injunction for a restraining order against Paulino-Cantero.

Dreiling: During an open court hearing on that request, Mr. Paulino-Cantero admitted to his actions and indicated that he had attempted to have intercourse with this individual.

Halpern: Paulino-Cantero has not been seen since his confession. Investigators say he likely fled to his home country of Mexico.

Dreiling: We’re just asking that anybody who may be hearing this, if they have any knowledge, information, or details—no matter how minor they may seem—related to Mr. Paulino-Cantero—that they contact the FBI.

Halpern: Report tips to your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. To see a photo of Paulino-Cantero, visit.fbi.gov. With Wanted by the FBI, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

Related information:

Wanted poster: Juan Paulino-Cantero

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