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FBI Wanted Poster Yields Quick Results

18-Nov-2013

Last week, the FBI asked for the public's help in identifying John Doe 27, a man seen sexually abusing a girl in at least two child pornography videos. The agency released still footage of the man and of a "distinctive" plaid chair seen in the video. They revealed that the man seemed to have referred to himself as "Jimmy" in the video, and that he spoke with a southern accent. 

Although the FBI provided no specific geographic area of interest, within fewer than 24 hours of appealing to the public for help identifying the suspect, the agency confirmed that it had successfully identified John Doe 27. As of this writing, FBI agents have not released the identity of the suspected child predator, but they say that tips generated by the public campaign led to the identification of John Doe 27, who they say lives in the Midwest. He has not been arrested or charged as of this writing, but with his identification and the nature of his crime, it is likely the FBI will take swift action against the man accused of the sexual exploitation of children.

This is not the first time an FBI Wanted Poster has led to the swift identification or capture of a wanted person. In June of this year, suspected child molester Walter Lee Williams was captured within one day of being placed on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list. Williams, 64, was accused of sex tourism, or travelling for the purpose of illicit sex acts and of webcam sex tourism, or performing sex acts via webcam with an underage boy in the Philippines. According to the FBI, a resident of the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, saw the poster and recognized Williams, reporting him to authorities. Williams was arrested in Mexico and charged with one count of producing child pornography, one count of traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and two counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.

Williams, a former USC professor, was the 500th person to be placed as a Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive by the FBI.

While most people are familiar with the FBI Top Ten Most Wanted list, the agency has several other categories of wanted fugitives. FBI Wanted lists include the following:

  • Ten Most Wanted
  • Most Wanted Terrorists
  • Crimes Against Children
  • Violent Crimes - Murders
  • Kidnappings and Missing Persons
  • Parental Kidnappings
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Seeking Information

While some suspects and victims remain on the lists for decades, others, such as John Doe 27 and Walter Lee Williams, are quickly apprehended with the public's help. Visit our website to find out more about federal crimes, or click here to contact a federal defense attorney in Oklahoma.



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