The FBI today announces the FBI’s commemoration of its famous Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program, created 65 years ago.
In 1949, a reporter for the International News Service (the predecessor to United Press International) approached the FBI and asked about writing a story about the “toughest guys” being sought by the FBI at the time. The Bureau provided the names and descriptions of 10 fugitives to the reporter. The resulting feature became a major story and garnered national attention. In response to the overwhelming public interest, on March 14, 1950, then Director J. Edgar Hoover inaugurated the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program.
Since then, the FBI, through the Top Ten list, has been asking for help from the public to locate its most dangerous fugitives. The response has been impressive. Since 1950, 504 fugitives have appeared on the list; 473 have been apprehended or located, with 156 of those fugitives located as a direct result of citizen cooperation.
EVANSVILLE – Josh J. Minkler, Acting United States Attorney, announced today that Charles M. Prideaux, 47, Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young for possession of sexually explicit material involving minors. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force and the Evansville Police Department.
“Protecting our innocent children from internet predators will remain a top priority of our office,” said Minkler. “Distributing pornography re-victimizes our children every time it is passed from one person to another.”
Prideaux pleaded guilty to the charge immediately before being sentenced yesterday. Prideaux admitted that he used a laptop computer to search for and download child pornography using file sharing software that he loaded on to the computer system. Prideaux operated the computer from his residence in Evansville, Indiana, before the computer was seized by law enforcement investigators on November 1, 2012.
The FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report that was released earlier this week details in chilling narratives and statistics how 76 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013.
While the LEOKA report offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty fatalities, assaults, and accidents is to prevent them from occurring in the future. In addition to collecting details about the critical aspects of fatal confrontations and assaults, the FBI’s LEOKA program conducts extensive research on the data that eventually gets incorporated into the officer safety awareness training the FBI provides for partner agencies.
The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent, marking the 11th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.
The 2013 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 367.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,730.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate declined 5.1 percent compared to the 2012 rate, while the property crime rate declined 4.8 percent.
These and additional data are presented in the 2013 edition of the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States. This publication is a statistical compilation of offense and arrest data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
FBI Seeking Public's Help Identifying Individuals Traveling Overseas to Engage in Combat Alongside Terrorist Organizations
The FBI is asking for the public’s help identifying individuals who have traveled—or are planning to travel—overseas to engage in combat alongside terrorist organizations.
“We need the public's assistance in identifying U.S. persons going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas,” said Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
Submit tips to www.fbi.gov/ISILtipsA form for submitting potential tips and leads has been established atwww.fbi.gov/ISILtips.
The FBI is also seeking information about the identity of an English-speaking individual and others seen in a propaganda video (below) released last month by the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Every October since 2004, National Cyber Security Awareness Month—administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—reminds us of the importance of protecting not only our individual identities, finances, and privacy but also our country’s national security, critical infrastructure, and economy. Cyber security is a responsibility shared by all—the public sector, the private sector, and the general public.
Individually, Americans should ensure the security of their own computers and other electronic devices. You don’t want criminals accessing your bank accounts online. You don’t want to become part of a criminal botnet responsible for stealing millions of dollars. You don’t want to unknowingly infect your company’s computer network with a damaging virus.
So how can you protect against those scenarios? Here are a few tips:
EVANSVILLE—Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that a former postmaster at the Elberfeld Post Office branch entered a plea of guilty of possession and receiving child pornography. Floyd M. Thompson, age 60, of Evansville, appeared in federal court today in front of U.S. District Chief Judge Richard Young.
“Those who accept the responsibility of public trust and betray it, will be held accountable for their actions. Additionally, we are unwavering in our resolve to find and prosecute those who exploit our children,’ Hogsett said. AAs this case shows, you are not anonymous online—if you engage in this behavior, you will be identified and you will be prosecuted.’
According to charging documents, law enforcement first began their investigation in June 2013, when an undercover member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Southern Indiana Child Exploitation Task Force connected with a computer that was allegedly sharing sexually-explicit images depicting young children. After downloading a number of these files from the user, investigators traced the online activity to a home in Evansville.
The FBI is seeking the public’s help to stop a child predator.
The unidentified individual we are seeking is known only as John Doe 28.
Video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a young boy was discovered online in November 2012 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization that works closely with the Bureau to stop child predators.
The video contains a brief image of the alleged predator, which investigators hope will lead to his identification—and the recovery of the exploited child. “Subjects who show their faces in child pornography are not typical,” said Special Agent Karen Jurden. “It is our hope that someone will recognize this individual and come forward. We were able to recover a very clear image of John Doe 28.”
Working with NCMEC, investigators in our Violent Crimes Against Children program have enhanced other details from the video that could be clues to help identify the suspect. For example, the video shows the individual and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Someone familiar with the house might easily recognize the chair. Also, John Doe 28 is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy T-shirt with a fish logo on it.
There are no details linking the suspect to a particular area, but Jurden said investigators believe he may be a U.S. citizen because he speaks one word during the video—“careful”—which is in English.
“Sometimes we will get some type of identifier that narrows down the geographic region,” said Jurden, who has been investigating crimes against children for the last four years, “but that didn’t happen in this case. That’s why we are asking for the public’s help nationwide.”
The video is just over two minutes long and was recovered during the arrest of a San Francisco man on child pornography charges. “The video was part of his collection,” Jurden added, explaining that sexually explicit videos and images of children are often traded anonymously through online forums.
The efforts to identify and apprehend John Doe 28 are part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives and represent a longstanding partnership with NCMEC.
Operation Rescue Me identifies child victims of sexual exploitation by using sophisticated image analysis to obtain evidence. ECAP seeks public and media assistance to help identify the John and Jane Does who display their faces—and other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos—in pornographic images and videos of children.
Since the inception of ECAP in 2004, 28 John/Jane Does have been investigated; 20 of these cases have been successfully resolved so far. These investigations have led to the identification of nearly 70 child victims.
We need your help.
John Doe 28 appears to be a Caucasian male in his 30s or 40s who has a receding hairline and wears wire-framed glasses. Anyone with information should submit a tip online or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
“We need to identify John Doe 28,” Jurden said, “so we can make sure no harm comes to that little boy.”
- John Doe 28 poster
- Operation Rescue Me/Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP)
- ECAP Most Wanted
- Violent Crimes Against Children
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