The FBI is seeking the public's help in identifying and locating a suspected child sex predator.
"We don't know that this suspect is in Hawaii, but candidly he has to be somewhere. We are asking the public to share the information on their social media Facebook and Twitter to see if we can find any tips that can lead him to custody so he can stop hurting kids," said Simon.
Even though there's no definite connection to Hawaii, the FBI tried this approach in 2012 and it led to agents catching Big Island bed and breakfast owner John Tucker.
"We got a ton of calls from people on the Big Island saying it was their neighbor," said Simon. "By 10 o'clock that morning people had shared it so much on social media, Facebook and Twitter that the FBI got the tips it took to get the guy in handcuffs," said Simon.
The man agents are now looking for is known only as John Doe 28. Initial images and two-minute video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November 2012. The FBI and the NCMEC have successfully enhanced images of John Doe 28. and believe they contain several clues.
"The FBI did a search warrant in San Francisco and it uncovered a two-minute child pornography film where a man is molesting a child on camera," said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.
The video depicts the suspect and the victim inside a residence with a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. The suspect is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a logo on his left side.
"Enhancing photos of child sex abusers has been a great tool to identify and capture suspects in these troubling cases," said Simon. "While we don’t know that this suspect is in Hawaii, the fact is that he has to be somewhere. As such, we are asking people to share his photos on social media, so we can get some meaningful tips."
The suspect appears to be in his 30s or 40s with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses.
"Social media can act as a force multiplier for the FBI when we are seeking tips on a big case. Facebook and Twitter are catching way more criminals these days than pictures on the post office wall," said Simon.
The Endangered Child Alert Program launched in 2004 to track suspects by looking at specific characteristics and background details of photos or videos or other visuals has led to the capture of 12 suspects. The FBI hopes to add at least one more.
The FBI says the photos of the suspect could provide the agency with concrete clues to seek criminal charges against him.
Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online here or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).