ICE seeks 'John Doe' in largest-ever child porn investigation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

ICE seeks 'John Doe' in largest-ever child porn investigation

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Federal officials sought the public's help Monday to find a suspected child pornography distributor.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations said "John Doe" helped facilitate one of the largest underground networks ever encountered by law enforcement.

ICE said the man was the only remaining suspected administrator of the website. They believed the suspect's name was Shaun and that he may be between the ages of 40 and 50.

He could be living within a 100-mile radius of the New Haven area. ICE believes he works in construction management and travels out of town regularly. It also said he has degrees in engineering and construction management and is proficient in computer programing. He may have previously worked as a director of IT or information security.

"We believe he has a very strong background in the IT (Information Technology) world. We believe he's sound on lenax systems, we believe he has a master's (degree) in engineering," said Special Agent Bruce Foucart, adding that parents need to know what their children are doing on the internet and know who they are communicating with.

The suspect may also have relatives in Hamburg, Germany, whom he intended to visit last year.

The search was part of Operation Round Table, one of the largest child exploitation investigations in history. It involved victims in 39 states, including Connecticut, and five additional countries.

As a result of the operation, investigators said they identified 251 victims. Eight of the victims were female while 243 were male. The majority of the victims were between 13 and 15 years old. A handful of victims were 6 years old and younger.

Any information about John Doe's identity or whereabouts was asked to call ICE's HSI tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.

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