FBI seeks to identify suspected sexual criminal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The FBI is releasing pictures of an unknown man, who is suspected of sexually exploiting a child. There are no details on where this man is located or where the abuse took place.

The FBI is looking to identify the white male, in his 30s or 40s, wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with a shark logo on his left side. “John Doe 28” is suspected of engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child in 2012. The images have been enhanced to depict John Doe 28, and reveal clues to possibly identify him.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Buffalo Division, Brian Boetig said, “We’ve conducted extensive review of these photos and now we’ve come to a point where we are seeking the public’s assistance in looking at these photos and trying to identify the individual in the photographs.”

The FBI points to the included images, showing the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on the wall in the background. The FBI believes the images were captured in November 2012 and says the victim depicts a much more disturbing scene where a man sexually abuses a child.

“We feel that there is a possibility for success in identifying this individual and rescuing children who may have been abused by this individual,” Boetig said.

The FBI has started a nationwide search, hoping something in the picture will look familiar to the public, whether it’s the man, the maroon shirt he’s wearing with the shark logo, or the room he’s in with green painted walls, a blue sofa, or the picture hanging on the wall.

“Often times in child pornography videos and photographs you don’t have pictures of the offenders, it’s usually just of the victims,” Boetig said.

This John Doe is the 28th person who’s made the Endangered Child Alert Program since it began in 2004.

Boetig said, “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sees thousands and thousands of cases and in coordination with the FBI they decided this is one where there was enough digital forensic evidence to put out to the public to seek their assistance.”

Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

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