Feds Search Valley For Child Pornography Producers From 11 Years Ago
Federal authorities are asking for the public's help finding a man and woman who helped produce widely-circulated images of child pornography about 11 years ago.
The files showing a young girl being molested were discovered in Chicago in 2007, but authorities believe that they were taken in Encino about 11 years ago. Neither the victim, who would be an adult now, nor the middle-aged man and women she is pictured with have been identified. But those images have shown up in more than 275 investigations of child pornography.
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Even though the case has grown cold, federal authorities said in a release that they want to find the defendants to bring them to justice and prevent the abuse of additional victims. U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said, "We have come to the point where we have exhausted all our investigative techniques and now we are coming to the public."
The female victim appears to be about 13. The male perpetrator's face is obscured, but the female's face can be seen in some of the images. The male appears to be in his 40s, while the woman appears to be in her late 30's or early 40's. Both are white. The woman has several tattoos, including a back tattoo on her right hip of a butterfly, a tattoo on her right shoulder of a cat and a tattoo with words across her left wrist and upper portion of her left breast.
The child pornography was first discovered in a Homeland Security Investigation in Chicago around 2007, but the victim had not been identified and she was not linked with any other known series of child pornography images.