The Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified and found an unknown man referred to as John Doe 44, after asking for the public’s help.

The man is currently in custody, the FBI said late Wednesday, about 10 hours after asking the public’s assistance in obtaining information regarding him in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

Photographs and an informational poster depicting the man were disseminated to the public. The man may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim, FBI-Omaha spokeswoman Amy Adams said.

The man was not found in the Omaha district, Adams said. No other details were released, although the FBI thanked the public and the news media for their assistance.

Earlier, the FBI said initial video of John Doe 44, with a child were recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February, and the video was produced prior to November 2018.

No charges have been filed in this case and the man pictured is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual was sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program initiatives, which are strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Operation Rescue Me focuses on clues through in-depth image analysis to identify child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography, Adams said.

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