By Wendy Osher
***An UPDATE on this story is now posted at the following direct LINK.
The Honolulu FBI is seeking the public’s help in providing information that may identify an unknown male suspected of child sexual exploitation, possibly on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
The FBI today released a photograph and informational poster depicting the suspect, who officials say appears to be a white male in his 40s with brown-grey hair and blue eyes.
“We’re comfortable saying that the suspect was probably on Hawaii’s Big Island between 2008 and 2010. He may have lived there, or he may have been a guest in someone’s home. For all we know, he may still be living in Hawaii,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon in a statement.
The suspect first came to the FBI’s attention in 2010 when a series of photographs surfaced on the internet depicting the suspect apparently engaging in graphic sex acts with two children, according to information released by the FBI. Officials say he may still reside in Hawaii, and are hoping new leads will surface.
According to the FBI officials, the photos allegedly included a girl and boy, approximately four and nine years of age. These photos, authorities said, were circulated widely among various illegal internet forums for the sharing of child pornography.
FBI Agent Simon described the photos as “an absolute nightmare.” He said, “The fact that he’s still out there makes it even worse.”
“Sadly, the FBI catches a lot of consumers and distributors of child pornography. This case is a rare opportunity for us to catch an actual producer of these disturbing images,” said Simon.
Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children enhanced one of the photos to develop an image of what appears to be a 2008 Hawaiian Telcom phone book for the Big Island of Hawai’i in the background.
This image led investigators to believe that the photos were taken between 2008 and 2010.
Authorities say a desktop computer in the background of another photo lead investigators to conclude that the photo was likely not taken in a hotel room. FBI officials say there are no other details linking the suspect to Hawai’i. His identity and current whereabouts are unknown.
“We are encouraging people to harness the power of social media to get the word out, so we can get this guy off the streets,” said Simon.
“With help from the public, we are hoping that we can identify and catch this guy.”
Anyone with information should contact their local FBI office.
The public is reminded that no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.