The FBI has launched a nationwide manhunt for a brazen child predator identified as John Doe 28 after he was caught in an online video having sexually explicit activities with a young boy. And they want your help to capture him.
"The unidentified individual we are seeking is known only as John Doe 28. 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 and Exploited Children, an organization that works closely with the Bureau to stop child predators," said the FBI in a report Tuesday.
"John Doe 28 appears to be a Caucasian male in his 30s or 40s, who has a receding hairline and wears wire-framed glasses. Anyone with information should submit a tip online or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI," noted the report.
Investigators said the predator's appearance in the video is a rare occurrence and they are hoping someone might recognize his face from images captured from the video and help find the exploited boy.
"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, according to the FBI, shows John Doe 28 and his victim inside a residence where there is what looks like a blue chair and a picture hanging on a wall. Investigators are hoping someone familiar with the house will recognize the home with that clue. The predator is also wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy T-shirt with a fish logo on it.
While there are no details linking the predator to any particular area, he is believed to be a U.S. citizen due to his use of the word "careful" in the video.
"Sometimes we will get some type of identifier that narrows down the geographic region," said Jurden, who has been investigating crimes against children for the last four years, "but that didn't happen in this case. That's why we are asking for the public's help nationwide."
The just over two minute video was discovered during the arrest of a San Francisco man on child pornography charges.
"We need to identify John Doe 28," said Jurden, "so we can make sure no harm comes to that little boy."