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The Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking for answers, and a man, in connection to a child exploitation case that could have a Charlotte connection.
According to the Charlotte Division of the FBI, agents are seeking the public's assistance to identify an unknown individual who may be able to provide valuable information in the case.
Investigators say they found a series of photographs online showing a prepubescent female, approximately 10 years old, posing naked in sexually explicit positions.
An unknown man is seen in the photos witnessing the child's behavior from a bed nearby.
Agents have released portions of this images to the public in hopes of getting information about the incident. They say the photographs have been circulated and traded as child pornography among various illegal Internet forums.
Investigators were able to enhance the background of one of the photographs. They found what they believe to be a child's drinking cup from the QuikTrip chain of gas stations.
According to investigators, they believe the photographs were likely taken prior to November of 2005, in or around 13 U.S. cities, including Charlotte and Greenville/Spartanburg in South Carolina.
"A baseball cap displaying what could be the logo of a local sports team, as well as a partial image of what appears to be a telephone book, are also clues which may provide valuable information regarding the location of this endangered child," a release from the FBI stated.
This unknown man's identity and current whereabouts are unknown.
"He appears to be an older, white male between the ages of 55 and 65 with brown eyes, gray hair, and a full beard and mustache," the FBI stated.
"The public is reminded that 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."
The information is coming out as a part of the FBI's 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.
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 Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in child pornography images.
Anyone with information to provide should contact their local FBI office at 704-672-6100, submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.