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UPDATE: Accused child predator now in custody

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(source: Dept. of Homeland Security and ICE) (source: Dept. of Homeland Security and ICE)
(source: Dept. of Homeland Security and ICE) (source: Dept. of Homeland Security and ICE)
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

UPDATE 12/17/13: KTBS 3 News has learned that an alleged child predator believed to be in the Shreveport or Jonesboro area is now in custody.  The search for the suspect ended Monday evening at a residence in Jonesboro, Louisiana. ICE (U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) officials say that received nearly 50 tips from the public via the HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) Tip Line.

Details on the case will remain limited until the suspect known as "John Doe" has his first federal court appearance.

Stay with KTBS 3 News and ktbs.com for more details as they become available

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) urgently seeks the public's help to identify a suspected child pornography producer, and rescue at least one child victim, evidence indicates might be living in the local area.

HSI Shreveport obtained a "John Doe" arrest warrant Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana for the unknown suspect. HSI has evidence the suspect and/or victim might live in, or travel to, the Shreveport and/or Jonesboro areas.

HSI special agents investigating the case believe "John Doe," an adult male, produced two child pornography videos using a smartphone in which he recorded himself engaging in sexual contact with a minor between 6 and 10 years old.

Canadian law enforcement officials discovered the two videos in May during a search warrant for a child exploitation investigation there. After forensic examination of the files in that predator's collection, Canadian investigators discovered two child pornography videos with GPS coordinates embedded in the files indicating they were taken in Jonesboro. The two videos, recorded Feb. 29, 2012, and March 2, 2012, were forwarded to HSI Shreveport for further investigation.

HSI Shreveport investigators were unable to identify the suspect using traditional investigative means and now request the public's assistance.

Description details are limited but authorities say that "John Doe" is believed to be approximately 18 to 20 years old, has pale skin with straight dark-brown hair over the ears, and light blue or green eyes.

In addition to public appeals, HSI Shreveport has distributed the "John Doe" information and photos to fellow law enforcement agencies and to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in a unified effort to find the perpetrator and rescue the child.

HSI requests that anyone with information about this person contact the agency immediately by calling the 24-hour HSI Tip line at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. The public can also submit an online tip at www.ice.gov/tips/ or by downloading the Operation Predator smartphone app and submitting a tip via the app.

All tips will remain anonymous. People should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.

This investigation is being conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

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