The FBI needs help identifying a man who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

The individual is known only as John Doe 40.

FBI agents said there a video depicting John Doe 40, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in October of 2017; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced prior to this date.

This is a nationwide effort to find John Doe 40, described as a white male, likely between the ages of 30 and 40 years old. He appears to be heavyset with dark colored hair. John Doe 40 could be heard speaking English in the video.

Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at

Or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)

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.

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.

The FBI said 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.

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(This story was originally published August 15, 2018)