The FBI is trying to identify this man who was seen in online videos sexually abusing young children. Agents charged him with transporting child porn images over the internet. He's a white male and at the time the videos were taken, he was in his late 30's to early 40's. He also has brown eyes and a large mole in the middle of his left cheek.
Thoughts? AMW aired this case four times from 2005 to 2007, and if I recall correctly, the 2007 airing was during a 15 Seconds Of Shame segment, making him possibly the only unidentified offender to make a 15 SOS airing. Also because the videos had to be found before his first AMW profile in 2005, it's likely that the offender looks older than what he did when the videos were taken. However you can clearly see his face, so it's surprising he hasn't been identified yet, especially since AMW and the FBI have had a lot of luck with identifying Internet John/Jane Doe's. The only other thing to say is that this offender doesn't necessarily live in the United States, maybe even say Europe or Canada.
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I was about to say AMW had a lot of luck with profiling and identifying these internet John Does. It wouldn't surprise me if this man eventually went to prison for other child sex crimes- which would explain why he wasn't identified by someone who knew him from the neighborhood.
I remember back in 2006 or so, the U.S. Marshals would frequently send out press releases about different fugitives who had been captured. In one press release, they discussed a man wanted for a crime completely unrelated to child pornography, but if he wasn't Internet John Doe #5, he was his twin brother. I actually emailed a tip to amw.com, and I think others may have as well, but apparently nothing came of it. I don't even know if I could find that press release again, even if I tried.
Derek's right though, Internet John Doe #5 is the only Innocent Images fugitive to have been featured in 15 Seconds of Shame (and one of only two unknown fugitives to be featured in that segment. The other was accused pedophile "Jose," who was later identified as Benito Palma). Internet John Doe #8 was a Break-Four Tease, but all the others had profiles within the show, though they were usually either "tack-ons" or briefs.
Though did anybody else notice he was removed from the FBI's website for the longest time? He disappeared without explanation around 2007/2008 and reappeared without notice in 2012/2013. Not sure exactly what happened, but it was a bit odd.
I really am surprised that IDJ5 hasn't been found yet. Of all the John Does, his face is the clearest. I wonder if the FBI ever considered releasing images of the backgrounds of the photos in an attempt to ID him. I remember watching a special on CNN back in 2005 or so where they talked about how the FBI would digitally remove the kids and perpetrators from the photo to only show the room they were in, and believe it or not, it actually led to some of the fugitives being identified.
Luckily authorities are getting better at identifying child pornographers. Most of them operate on secret online communities through the deep/dark web but authorities are getting a better handle on shutting them down and arresting the members.
I've noticed that the FBI has started doing something new; they show child pornography photos, but instead of focusing on the people, they focus on the background. This is an attempt to try and figure out when and where the abuse happened. Years ago on CNN I saw a report where, in some cases, they would actually digitally remove the child from the photo and use Photoshop to fill in the background.
Back when Internet John Doe #4 was profiled, I remember one of the key clues that was never mentioned on AMW was that, by studying the electrical outlets on the wall, they determined the video was shot in Canada. This eventually led to the suspect being ID'D.
Post by TheWebDetective on Aug 31, 2015 12:20:44 GMT -5
Law enforcement have also made the effort at times to show the face of the child. Take for instance in 2000, AMW aired the case of missing child Brittney Beers (a case I will cover later). Sometime after her disappearance, pornographic images surfaced of a child that appeared to look like her. It turned out to not be Britney but the other girl was found and the people involved arrested. AMW also did this in 2007 when they showed the child victim of Chester Arthur Stiles, he's now in jail. Here are links to the cases.