FBI: Help us track down a suspected child predator
The FBI said John Doe 28 appears to be a Caucasian male in his 30s or 40s. (Source: FBI/Phoenix Division)
He has a receding hairline and wears wire-framed glasses. (Source: FBI/Phoenix Division)
An emblem of a fish is prominent on his T-shirt. (Source: FBI/Phoenix Division)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The FBI is turning to the public for help in identifying a suspected child predator who has eluded them for two years.
He is dubbed John Doe 28.
"He is the 28th person that we are asking the public's help in trying to identify in order to rescue a young minor in trouble," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent George Steuer from the Phoenix Division.
In November 2012, online video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a young boy was reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an organization that works closely with the FBI to stop child predators.
The video is just over two minutes long and contains a brief image of the alleged predator, which investigators hope will lead to his identification - and the recovery of the exploited child, who is a newly identified victim.
"Subjects who show their faces in child pornography are not typical," said Special Agent Karen Jurden. "It is our hope that someone will recognize this individual and come forward. We were able to recover a very clear image of John Doe 28."
The video shows the suspect and victim inside a home with what appears to be a blue chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Someone familiar with the house might easily recognize the chair.
Also, John Doe 28 is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy T-shirt with a fish logo on it.
"We don't know if that can be associated with a charter cruise, in a particular part of the country that someone might recognize," Steuer said.
There are no details linking the suspect to a particular area, but Steuer said investigators believe he may be a U.S. citizen because he speaks one word during the video - "careful" - which is in English.
The video was recovered during the arrest of a San Francisco man on child pornography charges.
"He allowed himself to be videotaped via live chat which we were able to capture," Steuer said. "We are in desperate need of trying to find where this individual is and to rescue this young person who is in harm's way."
Steuer said the video and content they reviewed "definitely demonstrates this individual has or has attempted to cause harm to a minor."
Anyone with information should submit a tip online or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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