Suspect in North Texas child sex abuse case identified
Dallas, TX — Update: According to a report by NBC DFW, the suspect in this week's 'John Doe' case has been identified and taken into custody by authorities in connection with the abuse of an infant in North Texas.
The suspect is reportedly a minor, so no additional information regarding his identity will be released.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspected child pornography producer, and rescue at least one young victim.
Agents are investigating the case of a young male, believed to be between 18 and 20 years old who agents are referring to as "John Doe." Agents say that he photographed himself engaging in sexual contact with an African American baby girl 12 to 18 months old.
Today the girl may be about 2 to 2 1/2 years old.
Based on investigative clues in the photos, HSI special agents believe that this person may now live in, or had visited, north Texas at the time these photos were taken sometime in April 2013. The ball cap’s logo, "Shut Up N Play," was new at the time, and they had not yet been released for sale. However, there had been very limited distribution within north Texas when these photos were taken.
HSI Dallas investigators were unable to identify the suspect using traditional investigative means and request the public’s assistance.
In addition to public appeals, HSI Dallas has distributed the "John Doe" information and photos to fellow law enforcement agencies, and to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in a unified effort to find this predator and rescue the child.
If you think you recognize this person, please contact HSI toll free at 1-866-347-2423. You can also email your tip by completing HSI’s online tip form.
All tips will remain confidential. Members of the public should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.