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FBI searching for unidentified man in connection with child sexual exploitation investigation

John Doe 42

WASHINGTON (WPTA21) - The FBI is asking for help identifying and locating a man who may have "critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation."

The agency has released images of the individual that were taken from a video recorded in October 2015.

"John Doe 42" is described as a white male with gray hair and wearing a red and black plaid shirt. He is heard speaking English in the video. Due to the age of the images, it is possible that the individual’s appearance may have changed over the years.

He is sought as part of "Operation Rescue Me" and related initiatives focused on underage victims of sexual misconduct.

Anyone with information can provide it at or by calling 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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