The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 41, are being shared with the public.
The video depicting the unidentified male, John Doe 41, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in March of 2018; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced around 2016 to 2018.
John Doe 41 is described as an African American male, likely between the ages of 18 and 20 years old. He appears to be a thin-framed individual with black hair.
Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov, or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded, no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This individual is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The FBI began its Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) on Feb. 21,
2004, as a new proactive approach to identifying unknown individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children and the production of child pornography.
Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.
Since the inception of ECAP, 41 John/Jane Does have been investigated, 27 of which have been successfully identified. These investigations have led to the identification of over 44 child victims. To help locate current suspects, see the Endangered Child Alert Program Most Wanted webpage.