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FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator

FBI Knoxville November 12, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Joyce McCants (865) 544-0751

***UPDATE 11/13/13: It is now believed that tips generated from the November 12, 2013, publicity campaign have led to the identification and location (in the Midwest region of the U.S.) of the man in the photographs known as John Doe 27.  As of this time, no arrest warrants have been issued or served. Based upon the progress of this investigation, the FBI has determined that no additional publicity of these images is necessary. No further comments will be made, as the investigation remains ongoing; however, the FBI wishes to express its gratitude to the public for their vigilance and assistance in this case.***

FBI Special Agent in Charge Kenneth L. Moore, Knoxville Field Office, announced that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to identify an individual suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website.

The initial images and videos of the unidentified male, John Doe 27, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child, were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in April 2013 and are still being circulated in numerous child pornography forums across the Internet.

The images provide several clues which may assist with the identification of the subject. The images depict a residence with a distinct plaid chair. Male pattern baldness is apparent on the subject, who also wore a ring on his right ring finger. Based on audio from the video, the subject may have referred to himself as “Jimmy” and spoke with a southern accent.

There are no details linking the subject to a particular state. The whereabouts of John Doe 27 are unknown.

The public is reminded that 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.

Anyone with information should contact their local FBI office, submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

This individual is being sought in conjunction with Operation Rescue Me and the Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and NCMEC.

Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify child victims depicted in child exploitation material.

ECAP seeks national and international media exposure to identify unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who appear in images associated with child pornography.